Seven goal thriller at Elland Road

17 Dec 2020 08:42 am, by Ellandback1

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Seven goal thriller at Elland Road

Nobody can ever say that games involving Leeds Utd are ever boring, and even though mistakes were plentiful, forgiveness will be given when you witness the quality of the attacking. Goals from Bamford, Rodrigo, Dallas, Alioski and goal of the season contender from Harrison put the game beyond the Magpies reach, but they only stretched their advantage in the last 13 minutes. Before this point Steve Bruce's men had scored from 50 percent of their on target chances. Leeds on the other hand recorded the most strike on goal from any Premiership team this season (25), with 10 being on target.

The Whites have now scored 22 goals; looking at the Premiership table, you have to go all the way up to 6th place (Chelsea) to find a team that have scored more. Conceding has been Leeds problem this season, especially from set pieces, but is this a new problem? A staggering 37.14% of goals conceded came from dead ball situations last season. It did not matter so much last season as Leeds were able to outscore their opponents. If truth be known Leeds under Bielsa has never been good at defending set pieces!

During Steve Bruce's presser he thought the Barcodes had matched Leeds for the first 78 minutes. Thoughts?

Post match reactions

Leeds Manager - Marcelo Bielsa

Newcastle Manager - Steve Bruce

Hernandez is back, but for how long?

Pablo Hernandez became the oldest player (35 yrs 249 days) to assist twice in a Premier League game for Leeds since Gordon Strachan (age 36) in November 1993 v Swindon. He was bought on by Bielsa with just eight minutes and injury time remaining. In that short amount of time the Spanish veteran set up the goals for Alioski and Harrison.

Should Hernandez be starting games, and coming off after an hour, or would he have more impact from the bench? Have Leeds missed Hernandez over the past 6 games?

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1964white wrote on 17 Dec 2020 02:53 pm

Ellandback1 wrote: Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:57 am Its good to be back pal - in one piece....
Glad to have you back Matt, good to hear you are feeling fit & well again

Also takes the pressure off Adam (in the main) & myself

Norm wrote on 17 Dec 2020 02:49 pm

A belated welcome back Matt.

White Riot wrote on 17 Dec 2020 02:32 pm

MB stated in the post-match presser that Costa was not injured :shock:

onemoreslogan wrote on 17 Dec 2020 12:05 pm

Welcome back Ell! Breakfast never tasted better after last night's performance!

Ellandback1 wrote on 17 Dec 2020 12:02 pm

Irish Ian wrote: Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:03 am Nice to see you back Matt!

Pablo off the bench is a great option and can start if needed.

I think Bruce was cut up because his Newcastle side have been finishing strongly, scoring late this season, and this game looked to be fitting into that pattern. Plus their pen shout. But his players will know they were battered at times.

This Fikayo Tomori story is gaining traction. Chelsea arent usung him and a loan looks likely in January. Right footed CB 6 1' Would be a welcome addition imo. As these corners are continuing to hurt.
Afternoon Ian

Leeds and West Ham are after Tomori, though I did hear his more likely destination would be French club Rennes, who we signed Raphinho from!