Leeds man of the match “Newcastle will obviously be disappointed and we are thrilled with a point”
A few contenders for Newcastle man of the match but Rob Green was clearly the best of the visiting side.
His defenders did their bit but he made some point blank saves that somehow kept Leeds in the game.
As Rob Green says, ‘no matter how badly you play you always get a chance’ and Leeds United had to wait the best part of an hour and a half for their second chance of the game.
Chris Wood finishing as the Newcastle defence, Jamaal Lascelles in particular, went AWOL.
The visiting keeper summed the game up perfectly, declaring ‘Newcastle will obviously be disappointed and we are thrilled with a point’.
Just one of those games!
“Obviously pleased – a last minute equaliser – that goes without saying.
“The Manager (Garry Monk) asked what we thought of the performance and unanimously said ‘do better on the ball’!
“Second half in particular we didn’t ask enough questions.
“We started quite brightly, which is the disappointing thing, because you think you think you are going to take confidence from that and do more with the ball – but we didn’t.
“But we stuck in there and it is the old adage in football, no matter how badly you play you always get a chance.
“The lads at the back defended admirably, put their bodies on the line.
“Newcastle will obviously be disappointed and we are thrilled with a point.
“All in all, to come to a place like this and not play well but still get a result, is a positive.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Leeds 1
Newcastle: Lascelles 67
Leeds: Wood 90+5
Possession was Leeds 44% Newcastle 56%
Total shots were Leeds 4 Newcastle 22
Shots on target were Leeds 2 Newcastle 4
Corners were Leeds 0 Newcastle 19
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Ritchie (Yedlin 84), Shelvey, Hayden (Colback 79), Gouffran, Perez (Diame 90), Mitrovic
Elliot, Hanley, Murphy, Atsu
Crowd: 52,301 (Leeds 3,200)
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