Much needed win gives Leeds safety cushion

27 Jan 2021 08:52 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. Its Wednesday 27th January, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Much needed win creates safety cushion

Leeds survived a second half comeback at the hands of Newcastle Utd, to move back to comparable safety,with a 14 point cushion between themselves and the drop zone. Bielsa's men controlled large periods of the first half, though it was a moment of magic from Rapinho that broke the deadlock after 17 minutes.

The second half was chalk and cheese compared to the first. Whatever Steve Bruce said to his team at half time works. The Geordies had confidence, guile and a bounce in their step. twelve minutes into the second half Newcastle had broke even. Bamford sold Ayling short as the Whites tried to create an attack on the right. Shelvey fed the ball to Wilson on the edge of the area. The former Bournemouth mans first time touch was perfect for an on rushing Almiron who composed himself before smashing the ball through a helpless Meslier.

Leeds however were not to be denied. Jack Harrison's sublime arched strike around the stranded Darlow (after a great pass from Raphinha) was enough to give Leeds their first points of 2021. Newcastle never gave up; there were more than a few heart in mouth moments before the referee finally blew for full time.

Post match reactions

Newcastle Manager - Steve Bruce...

Leeds gaffer - Marcelo Bielsa...

Tricky times ahead

Leeds much needed win last night gave the Whites an invaluable twelve point buffer between themselves and the bottom three. Leeds are half way through the season on 26 points. If they finish on 52 points, do you consider that to be a good, or a great season?They have 19 matches left, so anything can still happen. How will Leeds fare in their next eight games?

Away - Leicester
Home - Everton
Home - Palace
Away - Arsenal
Away against a desperate Wolves
Home - Aston Villa
Away - West Ham
Home - Chelsea

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Byebyegeegee wrote on 28 Jan 2021 03:52 pm

Leeds1000 wrote: Thu Jan 28, 2021 9:53 am That's the best thing about being a pessimist Bye...I normally have less disappointment to deal with. :)
Having supported this club for around 55 years I’ve found it’s the best policy 👍🏻. Still hurts like chuff when we lose though!!

Leeds1000 wrote on 28 Jan 2021 09:53 am

Byebyegeegee wrote: Wed Jan 27, 2021 7:20 pm 5 points out of 24 is barely respectable 1000, in fact it would be relegation form over the season 😱. I thought I was being pessimistic with 8 points but I kind of know where you’re coming from judging by our poorish recent form!
That's the best thing about being a pessimist Bye...I normally have less disappointment to deal with. :)

SaraM wrote on 27 Jan 2021 11:39 pm

Smudge3920 wrote: Wed Jan 27, 2021 7:45 pm Sara is spot on...looking 8 games into the future is to much, too many unknown variables at this time ... any team can win any game on any given day in this league...thats why they are in it... IMO 52 points is not unreachable, but I believe 44 to 48 is more realistic...
I think Bielsa is right to approach it in this way, so we don't build up a mentality of going on runs or getting into slumps. Helps us bounce back from defeats imo.

CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 27 Jan 2021 08:39 pm

1964white wrote: Wed Jan 27, 2021 4:50 pm Raphinha has already paid his £17m fee back with 3 goals (all beauties) & 3 assists, instrumental in earning 9 of our 26 points in his 12 appearances
:tup: :tup:

Lumiukko wrote on 27 Jan 2021 08:15 pm

I'm not expecting more than 8 points from the next 8 games, which I know is pessimistic. But 8 from 8 is a point per game average and keeps us on track for safety. Out of those games I see potential points: Everton, Crystal Palace, Wolves, Villa.

Some people talk that >33 could be enough to survive since Villa stayed up on 32 last season but I think this season the points and results generally are more spread out (look at Liverpool last season versus this at this stage). For that reason I'm sticking my neck out at 38 for guaranteed safety.

What will we end up with? 45.