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Surely I’m not only one who can see Jack Colback is an utter liability?

4 years ago
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Surely I’m not the only season ticket holder who can see that Jack Colback is an utter liability?

I was staggered to see Rafa bring him on in this game as we played to consolidate a 1-0 lead.

I understand Isaac Hayden being subbed as he is short of match fitness…but to prefer Colback over Diame was a serious mistake. Why not bring DeAndre Yedlin on at full-back, put Anita in the middle and Atsu on the wing for Ritchie?

How many times has Colback given away brainless free-kicks in dangerous positions? Far too many in my view and his stats show he is our weak link. Why then does Rafa persevere with him? Not quick, powerful or great at distribution, he’s just picked up where Tiote left off, a walking yellow card.

In terms of the result I thought it would be a draw so I’m not too disappointed, however the manner of the result concerns me. We will no doubt gain promotion, possibly by three or four points, but we should really be up by now.

Conspiracy theories aside i.e. Sky and FA contriving to keep us from being promoted through dodgy refereeing decisions, I will be so pleased to be out of this league as the standard of refereeing has been appalling throughout the season, both for, but mainly against, us in terms of decisions.

There is no logical reason for not using technology to enable accurate decision making and its absence of use plays into the hands of the UFO believers.

I’m expecting a 2-0 win at Ipswich with Murphy up front, he’s our only viable strike option now that Gayle looks out for the remaining games. Perez is too lightweight, another Bassedas etc, and Mitrovic is not consistent or mobile enough for me – better from the bench as in impact player.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Leeds 1

Goals:

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

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Ritchie (Yedlin 84), Shelvey, Hayden (Colback 79), Gouffran, Perez (Diame 90), Mitrovic

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Hanley, Murphy, Atsu

Crowd: 52,301 (Leeds 3,200)

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