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Opposition Report – Newcastle Are A Class Apart

This season we often look at the report of the opposition press to see how they report our games and we have done that today after Newcastle’s great 2-0 win at Elland Road yesterday.

It was in front of Leeds United’s first sell-out crowd since 2010 – the official crowd was 36,002.

Newcastle started this game very well in the first 25 minutes and finished the game in control, but 15 minutes either side of half time Leeds United were good and they had some chances they didn’t take.


Dwight Gayle after scoring first goal

And it as another two goals from Dwight Gayle that got us the win – one goal in each half – and he now has 13 league goals in 14 appearances this season.

Goalkeeper Karl Darlow again showed he’s improving all the time and it’s going to be very difficult for either Rob Elliot or Matz Sels to dislodge him from his starting position on this form.

There were big appeals from Leeds for a Jack Colback hand ball in the penalty box just before the break.

But when a player kicks the ball at full speed a couple of feet away from you and it hits the arm – that’s difficult to call a hand-ball and we didn’t think it was a penalty.

We have seen those given however, but it was hardly a clear penalty as manager Garry Monk claimed after the game.

Here’s a short excerpt from the Yorkshire Evening Post report of the game yesterday.

“Credit where credit is due and when these clubs meet again at St James Park in April, Newcastle United will have the Championship title sewn up.”

“No team in the league has their finesse or their depth and Leeds United know they are swimming in different waters.”

“Newcastle were more impervious than Norwich City before the international break; a class apart as Monk knew they might be.”

The full report is here and extremely well written and worth a read – they are complimentary to the Newcastle side and to Rafa Benitez.

They think we will win the Championship sooner rather than later.

It was another excellent win and our 9th in a row in all competitions from an improving Newcastle side.

No manager has ever had 10 wins in a row in the history of Newcastle United.

Our lads and Rafa now have a chance to make history next Saturday afternoon at home to Blackburn Rovers.

But we will be taking nothing for granted – we have been too well trained by Rafa to do that.


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