Leeds heaped further misery on a Newcastle United side bereft of success on and off the pitch in recent times as the Whites condemned the Magpies to a tenth game without a win and with it now looking inevitable that Bruce will get the axe which has undoubtedly hampered his tenure on Tyneside.
It was Leeds who struck first blood on the 17th as Raphinha his 3rd of the season. The Leeds players swarming forwards in their numbers before Rodrigo teed up Raphinha who caressed his attempt beyond Karl Darlow who had recently shone in the recent performance against Liverpool after being second-fiddle to Martin Dubravka for the majority of last season.
It was testament to the home side who looked a completely rejuvenated outfit in the second-half and their incisiveness proved too much to handle for the Whites as Miguel Almiron got the Tynesiders back on level-terms. Patrick Bamford was caught knapping in possession before slick, intricate play between Shelvey and Wilson, the latter providing the assist for the Paraguyan who just about managed to smuggle his shot under Meslier. The Tynesiders having the intuition to unlock a leaky, Leeds defence.
Leeds put the nail in the coffin on the 61st as a dinked chip from Raphinha found the feet of Jack Harrison who took the ball under-control before blasting beyond Karl Darlow at his far-post with Harrison’s goal ultimately proving decisive.
Bielsa’s side certainly grinded out a valuable three points which will be no doubt be crucial towards the latter stages of the campaign. In his post match interview the Argentine who said ‘it was a game we needed to win‘ after the Whites had been struggling to find goals which have evaded them in recent outings-the last goals coming in the mauling away at West Brom.
As for Newcastle, it paints a completely different picture, the Tynesiders are now winless in 10 and are an outfit who look dis-jointed, spineless and gutless. However, Bruce did offer a glimmer of hope when he said the performance was ‘the best in weeks‘.