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Season 2022-23
Leeds United (h) Premier League


Saturday 31st December 2022, 3.00pm

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Wayward



 Leeds United


0 - 0





Half time: Magpies 0 Whites 0

Full time: Magpies 0 Whites 0

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

"It was one of those days for us. We had enough chances to win the game comfortably, it just wouldn't go in for us today.

"Right from the start, we had some really good moments in the game and you have to take one of those chances that we created.

"It's a sign of how far we've come that they were time-wasting and taking seconds out of the game. From our perspective, we have to do better in certain situations. All that was missing was the killer instinct in front of goal.

"We became frustrated with our play and it became bitty and fragmented, but we were still producing chances right to the end. We're disappointed in the dressing room. We hoped to win today.

"A lot has happened in the year when you rewind 365 days and think back to where we were. The strides made by the players and everyone connected with the club, it's been a great year and we look forward now to another year ahead. We hope we can continue the momentum we've got."

They Said

Jesse Marsch said:

"We defended really well, particularly set pieces because in the second half specifically, they put balls forward almost every time they had a chance.

"Our mentality to get the clean sheet was fantastic and then executing what we wanted on set-piece situations, we managed it really well. Illan Meslier had a big day as well.

"We are very unified on the inside. It's a tight-knit group, it's a group that cares about the club and about the direction of the club.

"Regardless of whether guys are in the starting line-up, coming off the bench, everyone knows it requires all of our energy in the same direction to give ourselves a chance to be a good team in this league. I think there's an appreciation from the fans to see a hard-working, committed team.

"I thought, in the first half, maybe we could have gotten a goal and we were actually quite good. It was unfortunate, maybe, but Newcastle have amazing first halves.

"For us to get to half-time 0-0, play quite well and weather the storm in the second half, I thought it was a good point."


Our winning PL run was halted at six games, Eddie Howe's side failing to be the first to manage seven in a row since Kevin Keegan's entertainers did it in October 1996. The seventh game of that run was the "Howay 5-0" home victory over Manchester United.

Newcastle's unbeaten run now extends to 14 games in league and cup competition. They've lost just once in 20 outings.

In the Premier League only, the black and whites are now unbeaten in their last 12 outings, the first time they've done so in a top flight season since 1924/25 and only the third time in their history, 1908/09 being the first.

For the sake of completeness, it's worth mentioning that United did go 14 PL games without defeat across two seasons: the closing three of the 2010/11 campaign and the opening 11 of 2011/12.

Similarly, the 12 game unbeaten run was reached across the 1993/94 (one game) and 1994/95 (11 games) seasons and also 1996/97 (10 games) and 1997/98 (two games).

In the pre-PL era, Newcastle reached 14 First Division games unbeaten in 1949/50 (three games) and 1950/51 (11 games), while the 13 game mark was attained in 1899/00 (six games) and 1900/01 (seven games).

The Magpies unbeaten at home in nine PL games so far this season, their longest unbeaten start since 1995/96 when they racked up 13 straight wins.

In all competitions, this was Newcastle's sixth successive clean sheet at SJP - four in the PL and two in the League Cup.

Newcastle have failed to win any of their year-ending games since 2016, when they beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 at SJP in the Championship. Since then, they've drawn five and lost the other one.

NUFC's year ending PL results - last 20:

2022/23 Leeds United (h) drew 0-0
2021/22 Manchester United (h) drew 1-1
Liverpool (h) drew 0-0
2019/20 Everton (h) lost 1-2
2018/19 Watford (a) drew 1-1
2017/18 Brighton (h) drew 0-0
2015/16 West Bromwich Albion (a) lost 0-1
2014/15 Everton (h) won 3-2
2013/14 Arsenal (h) lost 0-1
2012/13 Arsenal (a) lost 3-7
2011/12 Liverpool (a) lost 1-3
2010/11 Spurs (a) lost 0-2
2008/09 Liverpool (h) lost 1-5
2007/08 Chelsea (a) lost 1-2
2006/07 Everton (a) lost 0-3
2005/06 Spurs (a) lost 0-2
2004/05 Arsenal (h) lost 0-1
2003/04 Blackburn Rovers (h) lost 0-1
2002/03 Spurs (h) won 2-1
2001/02 Chelsea (h) lost 1-2

Leeds @ SJP - last 20 visits:

2022/23 drew 0-0 (PL)
2021/22 drew 1-1 Saint-Maximin (PL)
lost 1-2 Almiron (PL)
2016/17 drew 1-1 Lascelles (Ch)
2013/14 won 2-0 Cisse, Gouffran (LC)
2009/10 drew 0-0 (FR)
2003/04 won 1-0 Shearer (PL)
2002/03 lost 0-2 (PL)
2001/02 won 3-1 OG, Dyer, Bellamy (PL)
2000/01 won 2-1 Solano, Acuna (PL)
1999/00 drew 2-2 Shearer 2 (PL)
1998/99 lost 0-3 (PL)
1997/98 drew 1-1 Ketsbaia (PL)
1996/97 won 3-0 Shearer 2, Ferdinand (PL)
1995/96 won 2-1 Lee Beardsley (PL)
1994/95 lost 1-2 Elliott (PL)
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole (PL)
1989/90 won 5-2 Quinn 4, Gallacher (D2)
1983/84 won 1-0 OG (D2)
1982/83 won 2-1 Waddle, Keegan(pen) (D2)



Newcastle extended their unbeaten league record to 12 games at a soggy St. James' Park on Saturday, but were unable to find the crucial goal that would have ended 2022 with their seventh successive victory.

The visitors had conceded ten goals over the course of their last three league outings and failed to keep a clean sheet on the road all season.

However poor finishing from us and desperate defending interspersed with unchecked time-wasting from them was enough for Leeds to extend their unbeaten record on Tyneside to four games.

Eddie Howe's side had made and missed the majority of goal chances in the game; former White Chris Wood, Sean Longstaff, Fabian Schar and Sven Botman all unable to break the deadlock when well-placed.

At the other end, Nick Pope anticipated the occasional counter-attack and palmed away Rodrigo's dangerous effort on 64 minutes - the only shot on target that Jesse Marsch's side managed all afternoon.

Attacking the Gallowgate End as the rain lashed down, the came close to breaking the deadlock three times in the closing stages, only for Longstaff (twice) and Joelinton to blast harmlessly over Illian Meslier's bar.

A frustrating stalemate threatened to get out of hand in second half added time, as referee Simon Hooper failed to clamp down on the time-wasting antics of the visitors - Callum Wilson one of several players who attempted to take matters into their own hands, dumping Meslier on his backside.

Referee Hooper though - who had done his best to ignore continual fouling on Guimaraes all game - was content to only book Wilson and Bruno for their part in the skirmishes that ended the game. 

A stormy afternoon on and off the pitch then, but 2022 ends with Newcastle sitting proudly third in the table and with the best defence in the league - in stark contrast to the despair round these parts 12 months earlier.

Attention now moves on to Tuesday, when Newcastle face an Arsenal side in rude health at a ground that has been the graveyard for our ambitions on countless occasions.

The outcome of that game won't define our season, but will give a fair indication of how far we've progressed - and what we're really up against in terms of realising the owners' ambitions.


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