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