Newcastle managed to pick up a point against Leeds last night. After a poor start in which the visitors took an early lead, the lads reacted very well to get something out of the match.
It was one for the neutrals as both clubs had plenty of chances in an end-to-end battle at St. James’ Park. Leeds could have put the game to bed in the first half if they took their chances. However, Newcastle kept pushing and Allan Saint-Maximin found the leveler out of nothing just before the break.
There were no goals in the second half which wasn’t quite as chaotic as the first half. Steve Bruce had pushed Isaac Hayden into the midfield after a worrying first 20 minutes and continued with that approach after the break.
It made a difference as Newcastle put in a very solid display but couldn’t find a second goal to grab the three points. After the match, Bruce as pleased with the reaction and admitted he really enjoyed the game overall.
Here is some of what Bruce said about the match as published in The Chronicle:
“If I’m being honest I enjoyed the game and let’s be honest it could have gone either way.
“It was like when you play at school, it was end to end and to be fair to Leeds they force you into that way.
“After a difficult start, the response in difficult circumstances was terrific.
“When you’re analyzing, the players have given everything they could and that’s all you can ask in my position.
“The actual game and response from our team was terrific.
“It’s been fine margins today.
“We needed a bit of luck to go our way.
“It’s been a difficult start there’s no disputing that but if we keep playing the way we did there then I’m convinced we’ll be ok.”
It could be back to roulette of formations like last term. Bruce went to a back four for the first time this season and it made a significant difference. Maybe we’ll even get a glimpse of the 4-4-2 diamond at some point this season.
Overall, it was a decent performance and a very entertaining match. However, we’re still winless and halfway through September so that is a concern. Next up is another crucial match at Watford. We’ll need to see just a little more at Vicarage Road next Saturday to get our first win of the campaign.