Newcastle defensive crisis delights Leeds fans

25 Jan 2021 08:53 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Monday 25th January, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Newcastle Defensive crisis delights Leeds fans

Newcastle Utd's 2-0 loss at Villa Park over the weekend was their tenth game in a row without winning. Their only saving grace was their rampant opponents sloppiness in front of goal saved the Geordies from conceding a much heavier defeat. First choice central defenders Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark will continue to be ruled out due to injury. Makeshift defender Isaac Hayden may revert back to normal midfield duties following his inept performance at centre back. Manager Steve Bruce said;

We have got a problem at centre back, we have got three or four missing unfortunately there so we hope that clears up well.” There has got to be a certain way that we go about our work, especially we have got to tighten up defensively still and that’s got to be the key to it.

Newcastle also only recorded one shot on target over the entire 90 minutes.

Meslier returns to training after illness

Leeds shot stopper Illan Messlier is back training at Thorp Arch with the rest of the first team, and looks as sharp as ever. The 20yo was absent from the Brighton game with illness, prompting mass speculation on social media that Meslier had caught the Corona Virus. Below, we see goal keeping coach Marcos Abad put both keepers through their paces;

Spurs sell 300k of grass to Leeds

As reported last week, the Premier League demanded that Leeds needed to improve on safety conditions, especially for visiting players. Whilst making these improvements, the Whites decided to take advantage of their two week home break to completely relay the playing surface. The Leeds hierarchy contacted their North London dealers to find out whether they would be prepared to part with a pitch load of their best stuff! Tottenham agreed, and both clubs settled at £300k.

Spurs were in the process of growing the turf as an eventual replacement for their currently one, but their pitch is still in great shape. According to Phil Hay, the pitch transplant is just a stop gap. Major works are earmarked for the Summer including digging out and replacing the drainage system, the undersoil heating and all the different layers of soil, sand and gravel.

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Irish Ian wrote on 25 Jan 2021 03:11 pm

John in Louisiana wrote: Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:07 pm Great. Opponent having a defensive crisis. Manage only one shot on goal all game.

This has 0-1 written all over it. :-)
Yeah I expect an ugly ugly loss

John in Louisiana wrote on 25 Jan 2021 02:07 pm

Great. Opponent having a defensive crisis. Manage only one shot on goal all game.

This has 0-1 written all over it. :-)

mothbanquet wrote on 25 Jan 2021 11:38 am

Really no excuse for not beating Newcastle, but then again we're in our traditional new year slump so if there was ever a time for Bruceless to stop the rot, it's now.

mothbanquet wrote on 25 Jan 2021 11:02 am

HarryofOz wrote: Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:54 am Our first signing during the January transfer window done then.
Very good. :roflmao:

Smudge3920 wrote on 25 Jan 2021 10:30 am

Irish Ian wrote: Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:09 am That headline reminds of that classic line from Rodney in Only Fools and Horses.

He was letting on to these two girls he was a professional tennis player over to play at Wimbledon.

"Do you prefer grass or AstroTurf" one asked.

"Dunno, I've never smoked AstroTurf"
:tup: :lol: