Leeds United claimed three points against Newcastle United in impressive style.
Leeds United dominated the clash against Newcastle United from start to finish as they managed to win big despite conceding twice. Marcelo Bielsa’s men did not fail in the entertainment department, and they taught Newcastle United a lesson on the pitch.
The Toon took the lead in the 26th minute through Jeff Hendrick, but Leeds United answered with two goals of their own from Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo. The storyline took another twist when Ciaran Clark drilled his header from a corner in the 65th minute to make it 2-2.
That equalizer poked the bear, though, as Leeds United restored their lead 12 minutes later through Stuart Dallas. Ezgjan Alioski extended their lead in the 86thminute, and Jack Harrison scored a screamer from distance two minutes later to make it 5-2.
After deploying a 4-4-2 formation in the wins over Crystal Palace and West Brom, Steve Bruce reverted to his old ways by playing five at the back.
That decision, however, did not pay off seeing that Leeds United easily broke down the defense to score an alarming five goals. The Magpies were not comfortable on the ball, too many passes were picked off, and the team collectively struggled to re-group when facing the counter-attack.
No outfield player truly stood out for Newcastle United at Elland Road, but Jacob Murphy is one who comes to mind as he successfully took on defenders down the flank, and delivered some quality crosses into the box, but, overall, the Toon put in a terrible shift.
Fatigue surely played a role in this defeat, but conceding five goals when playing with five at the back is unacceptable. Leeds United displayed more urgency, spread the ball around well, and constantly bombarded Karl Darlow’s goal.
It will take quite the confidence boost for Newcastle United to shake this loss off and prepare for Fulham on Saturday.