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Leeds fans have say on both Newcastle and their own team after 1-1 draw – Brutal

4 weeks ago
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Leeds fans were back inside St James Park, the first time to watch a Premier League match on Tyneside since 2004.

Last season, Leeds played Premier League football away at Newcastle, but their fans weren’t there to see it due to covid restrictions.

A 2-1 win to go with their 5-2 victory at Elland Road, the kind of results that led to them ending up in ninth place on 59 points, having scored 62 goals, only five Premier League teams scoring more last season. An exciting return to the top tier under Marcelo Bielsa.

Leeds fans haven’t seen their side hit those heights yet this season, as poor to average form and injuries had led to heavy  defeats to Liverpool and Man Utd, as well as draws against Burnley and Everton.

Against a Newcastle side with only one clean sheet at St James Park in the Premier League in 2021 and just the three NUFC wins, maybe the perfect opportunity for Leeds to bounce back to form.

I think for most Newcastle supporters, they saw Leeds dominate the opening half, get the opening goal and could / should have had the game won by half-time. However, no more scoring for the visitors and ASM getting a strike out of nothing with a minute to go before the break. Generally agreed then amongst home fans that the second half was pretty even, chances for both sides, maybe the better opportunities for the visitors again.

Very interesting then to see these post-match comments (see below) from Leeds fans.

If you think they are brutal about how poor (with the exception of ASM) Newcastle are, just look then at what many of the Leeds fans say about their own side!

Yes, you could see they were missing players in defence BUT I thought they were pretty good elsewhere, apart from when it came to the finishing and at least half a dozen very very good chances wasted.

Leeds fans commenting via their Marching On Together message board:

‘I’m surprised some of fans can’t see the problems compared to last season when we looked a different team.

We were the better side last night by far but still came away from St James Park with only one point.

We desperately need a PL victory just to give our players confidence and a winning mentality.

Just watched Brentford who are known for their attacking play but by golly they defended well at Wolves today, only conceded 2 goals in their first five matches.

We look like we’ll concede goals every time any team attacks us.’

‘It’s all very well saying “if we took our chances we’d have won” but Newcastle had chances to.

As said before results are one thing but performances are another.

We haven’t had 1 good performance this season, not 1 where we genuinely deserved to win.

The players look flat, they look careless and tired hence why we are so poor in possession and easy to get at.

Sheffield United fans weren’t going , “ah we were in League 1 few years ago we should be grateful”. They were furious and concerned from the first few matches and justified in that as any fan is.’

‘last night’s first half was exceptional from us after getting mauled by Liverpool.

There is no doubt that had we converted half of our numerous chances the 2nf half would’ve been a formality, however, it didn’t pan out that way and we could’ve easily lost.

We had a makeshift defence once again which just held out against an unstoppable Maxim but credit where credit is due.

Imo we have hit the wall with our style. Man for man in this league is always going to be difficult with inferior quality players but we didn’t upgrade the midfield which is seriously getting over-run in every game hence the reason why we concede so many shots and goals which is compounded when over-committing attacks break down regularly.

Taking our chances is vital but it just isn’t happening atm but with all things considered last night was a definite improvement and given it was away in front of 50000 Geordies the signs are that we are on the up again but they’ll have to be on their metal against West Ham.’

‘Taken alone, yesterday’s match was disappointing in that there was an opportunity to take three from a side in disarray, but good news was Leeds played better and a draw away is never such a bad thing.’

‘Jesus, this forum is pretty despondent if we don’t smash teams.

It was a point away from home, regardless of the opposition it is not exactly doomsday.

We should have won – not getting that 2nd goal gave them confidence and that sucker punch before half time was a killer.

We just weren’t clinical enough when we needed to be. We had plenty of games like that last year.

‘You have to laugh.

We draw away to the team that finished 12th in the Premier League last season, in front of 50,000 fans, something we could only have dreamed of pre Bielsa. And the reaction here is most of the players are not good enough to wear the shirt and the manager is stubborn and should be blamed for this appalling nightmare.

The last time we played this weekend and Bielsa wasn’t manager, we lost to Milwall in front of 16,000.

For the time being, we’ll just have to find a way to survive the embarrassment of a draw at St. James.’

‘Only some poor finishing stopped us winning that comfortably. We just needed that second goal and Newcastle would have caved and out of nothing they equalise and the second half became a much more nervy even game.

At least we got a point but it really should have been three.’

‘I feared the worst before the season started. We haven’t strengthened, our championship players are a year older and can’t keep improving, Bielsa is in uncharted territory (4 years at the same European club – will the players burn out/become weary), too much talk of new stands rather than squad building, the loss of Ali seems to have affected our squad Bamford is looking like a flash in the pan & worst of all an unbalanced squad.

17th is acceptable. But we ought to have won that game comfortably and once again the ref failed us.’

‘We’re relying on 3 teams being worse I’m afraid. Delusions and egotism have caused this, it could have so easily have been avoided.’

‘I really have no idea why Bielsa persists perhaps someone could enlighten me.’

‘We were poor imo, but thankfully Newcastle were worse, bar Maxim geezer. We made him look like a Ronaldo in his pomp. We are still woefully short in so many areas its hard to see a way out at the minute. I said it in the PR god help us if Kalvin gets injured, he his the only thing holding it all together at the minute, and then we lose Ayling.

Its early days but so far but we are in a really really bad spot and when you look at that bench tonight we are rolling the dice and the odds are stacked against. I can’t put my finger on it personally but certain player look like they are performing back in the Championship. I don’t know where or when we will get that first win, i really don’t.

Newcastle are bottom three for me and Meslier kept us in it.’

‘It’s like the Alamo every single game with Leeds and its why we concede so many shots and hence why we concede so many times. This style has had its day.’

‘Perhaps the Leeds defence was told to not commit on Max.’

‘They seemed to enjoy standing watching him show his skills off!’

‘Darlow didn’t make a save that I couldn’t have made, that’s how bad our finishing was!’

ASM usually sprints around and misses the chance to shoot or assist but they were so slow and standing off him that he gained confidence.

Atrocious defending again.’

‘Honestly, I thought we got our mojo back a bit tonight.

But we defended and finished atrociously, hence the result.

You also have to bear in mind how bad Newcastle are.’

‘Doesn’t auger well for the season though because I believe that Toon are definitely one of the 3 worst teams in the league, and will struggle along with Burnley and Norwich to stay up. Unfortunately, I would have to put us in that same bracket.

Possible penalty in the 1st half apparently, but we are never going to be given any help like that!’

‘Poor defending and poor finishing our Achilles heel once again.’

‘Maxima wasting his career there. Take him out and newcy are down.

Us….so wasteful yet again. It will drag us into a dogfight I’m sure.’

‘Should of buried them in the first half, I’m not happy but will take a draw with that defence.’

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