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Marcelo Bielsa gutted after Newcastle 1 Leeds 1 – It’s a game we should have won

4 weeks ago
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Marcelo Bielsa was left wondering how his team didn’t pick up their first Premier League win of the season.

Leeds dominating possession and having the majority of the clear chances that were created on the night.

The 1-1 draw leaving Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United still in the relegation zone with two points, whilst Leeds are sixteenth for the moment with three points from a possible fifteen.

It was a decent game to watch and Marcelo Bielsa perfectly summed up the overall match: ‘It’s true that Newcastle had chances, [but] less than us. We dominated the game and they counter-attacked. It was a game that according to what happened, we should have won.’

In reality this was a match between Leeds United and Allan Saint-Maximin, the French winger outstanding for Newcastle and in truth the only NUFC threat, as Marcelo Bielsa acknowledged afterwards: ‘I have to admit he had the capacity to overcome our defensive structure at times.’

Marcelo Bielsa:

“It’s a game we should have won.

“We had a lot of opportunities to score.

“It’s true that Newcastle had chances, [but] less than us. 

“We dominated the game and they counter-attacked.

“It was a game that according to what happened, we should have won.

“A lot of options did not end in danger but could have been converted into danger.

“I would have hoped to reduce the amount of chances they created.

“That would have established a bigger margin.

“The difference between the two teams existed but could have been bigger, a lot bigger, if two things had happened.

“If we had prevented some actions they created that were avoidable and increased our efficiency on one side, and the capacity to have created unfavourable conditions, more danger.

“I don’t think there were so many [though].

“A team who defends up the pitch, we leave 40m in behind, that allows us to play in their half and have the ball a lot.

“Unbalancing the opponent was through their 10 [Allan Saint-Maximin], who was always marked.

“The one that marked him always had a teammate close by.

“I have to admit he had the capacity to overcome our defensive structure at times.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Leeds 1 – Friday 17 September 8pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Saint-Maximin 44

Leeds:

Raphinha 13

(In brackets the first half stats)

Possession was Leeds 65% (65%) Newcastle 35% (35%)

Total shots were Leeds 21 (13)  Newcastle 17 (7)

Shots on target were Leeds 9 (5) Newcastle 7 (3)

Corners were Leeds 5 (4) Newcastle 4 (1)

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Manquillo (Krafth 81), Hayden, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Sean Longstaff, Almiron (Fraser 62), Willock, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton (Murphy 90+1)

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Schar, Lewis, Hendrick, Fernandez, Gayle

Crowd:

50,407 (3,200 Leeds)

(Newcastle 1 Leeds 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Friday’s draw – Read HERE)

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