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Season 2022-23
Leeds United (a) Premier League


Saturday 13th May 2023, 12.30pm
Live on BT Sport

 Elland Road


Programme: £3.50

Leeds United



2 - 2





7 mins Leeds advanced down their left flank, Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford combining for the latter to cut back inside Kieran Trippier and send over a cross. Sven Botman was caught flat-footed as both Rodrigo and Weston McKennie jumped; the Spaniard testing Nick Pope with a header.

Diving to his left, he got a hand to the ball but knocked it into the path of Luke Ayling, who lashed it into the roof of the net from close range in front of the South Stand. The match ball disappeared into the stand and there was a delay in restarting while a replacement was sourced.

(28 mins Patrick Bamford penalty saved) 

31 mins: Alexander Isak twisted and turned on the Newcastle right just outside the area, laying off a pass to Bruno Guimaraes before moving into space for the return. That looked to be overweighted but Firpo lost his footing and Isak closed in, only for Maximilian Wober to needlessly barge into him. 

The penalty decision was promptly given without obvious recourse to VAR and largely accepted by home players, Trippier reprising his overseeing ploy from the Forest away game by collecting the ball and guarding the penalty spot until Callum Wilson belatedly stepped up. His spot kick was expertly dispatched into the goalkeeper's bottom right hand corner
. 1-1

Half time: Whites 1 Magpies 1

69 mins: Extended pressure on the Leeds box ended with Joe Willock crossing from the left in the direction of Isak at the far post, Firpo intervening by jumping with a raised arm - an unnatural position that saw the ball brush his hand before reaching Isak whose header was harmless. 

Isak initiated the protests at what he saw was a handball and play was suspended after some brief uncertainty, a VAR check was indicated. That then resulted in Simon Hooper being invited to view footage on the pitchside monitor, sited close to the home dugout.

With the fourth official trying to hold back the Leeds coaching staff, Hooper concluded that a penalty was the correct outcome. Moments of madness then followed, during which Gnonto was booked for continual encroachment and the Leeds goalkeeper saw yellow for refusing to get on his line and screaming abuse at the unflustered Callum Wilson.

With Robles dancing round and pointing to his right, the taker sent a rising effort straight down the middle
for his 37th Premier League goal as a Magpie. Looking on from an NUFC fan watch party in Atlanta was Nobby Solano, who also netted 37 PL goals in our colours. 2-1  

79 mins: Trippier won his defensive battle with Bamford, but his attempt at reaching Pope with a header resulted in a corner kick to the hosts. That was played into the box and blocked twice by visiting players to prompt hopeful handball shouts, before falling to Rasmus Kristensen. 

The Danish defender shot goalwards, his effort striking Trippier on the head and wrong-footing Pope before flashing inside the post. 2-2

Full time: Whites 2 Magpies 2

We Said

Eddie Howe: 

I'm struggling to make sense of it all. It was their first attack, we started well. The first attack they get they score. We hadn't created clear-cut chances. I thought we played well at times today without hitting our best form and we were rushed around the box. 

"The character to come back is a huge positive: the way (Callum) Wilson took his two penalties was outstanding. The second one is the most difficult, there are a lot of mind games and lot of time to take the penalty.

"We go into these next two games with belief we can get the job done but itís never that easy and that showed today.

"Leeds, with a new manager and style of play, that is very difficult to play against, and a crowd that were in the game, made it a really tough match for us.

"We have to be very positive: we are disappointed not to win today. It was a great chance for us with the lead and not long left in the match but we have to accept what happened.

"Itís still in our hands (to achieve a top four finish), we have three huge games to come. 

"Sometimes you have to take yourself back to the start of the season and what we would have thought to be in this position now. Everyone at the club would have taken that. We have to be very positive about whatís ahead.Ē

On whether his side's top four bid is wobbling:

"No, I donít think so. 

"I think it is a challenge and this game was never going to be easy. Weíre disappointed not to get over the line but we have to accept that. W
e have some difficult games but it is in our hands.

"Every time we play at home is an opportunity to win, because of the conditions, the arena, the support, the confidence. Weíve done really well at home this season - we love to play there.Ē

On the absence of Jacob Murphy, ending his run of 49 successive PL appearances:

"Jacob just had a sore groin; thatís why he didnít enter the pitch.Ē

On the choice of penalty taker:

"The thing is, Iíd back both players to take penalties Ė and score. Callum (Wilson) took the honour today, but both have taken huge penalties for us, and taken them very well. Iím delighted that Callum took them, and the way that he scored the goals was great to see.Ē

On the fan incident:

"That was a real surprise. I was concentrating on the game. It was the last thing you think could happen. I have never experienced that before. 

"I was looking in the opposite direction and he ran on and shouted something at me that I wonít repeat. It was over in a flash but it was the last thing you expect in that moment. 

"Itís alarming for football really, because we canít have that, the safety of everyone, the coaching staff, players, is of paramount importance.Ē

They Said

Hippo heed:

Crazy is an understatement !

"I don't believe what's happened out there, what we've done to ourselves, That would have made life a lot easier if we'd have scored that penalty. I think we'd have won. Then we shot ourselves in the foot with two penalties and a red card. 

"It's a tremendous point in the circumstances
I've been talking about staying on your feet all week and they haven't listened. They have to listen next week. We can't afford to make rash tackles like today.

"There is a lot of spirit and fight in the camp. They didn't let their heads go down. We defended exceptionally well when we went down to 10 men. We're standing up to be counted. 

"A lot of what happened today was our fault, not Newcastle's play. Polish that up, get down to West Ham and see what we can do.

"Now we have to keep our fingers crossed the others don't pick points up. If they win that makes life extremely difficult. Who knows? We'll fight right to the end.

"Very, very satisfied with what they've done and how they applied themselves. There are lots of areas where we say room for improvement, but we didn't get dispirited even though we made life extremely difficult for ourselves. We missed a penalty then conceded two but scored to save 2-2.

"Our defending was magnificent today. When you consider where Newcastle are and we played Manchester City last week, we are moving in the right direction now. We pleased the crowd, they helped us in the game and kept going with us. It's a shame we weren't more professional at the right time as that would have been a win for us otherwise.

"We have to stick with it and do as much as we can to save our position in the Premier League. That is everyone concerned with Leeds. That is everyone who works at the training ground and everyone in the stadium, it's imperative we stay in this league.

"I'm disappointed it's only a draw. It could have easily been a win for us. It's our fault we didn't win. I have been talking about staying on your feet all week. I don't like it when they ignore me, so they will get told off. If we stayed on our feet, we would have won."


Callum Wilson now has 37 Newcastle goals thanks to his tenth brace, five of which have come this season and three in the last four games. Today's two made him the club's highest PL scorer in a single season since Alan Shearer hit 22 in 2003/04.

PL all-time top scorers:

Callum Wilson 37
Papiss Cisse 37
Nolberto Solano 37
Les Ferdinand 41
Shola Ameobi 43
Andy Cole 43
Peter Beardsley 46
Alan Shearer 148

NUFC highest seasonal top scorers:

1993/94 Andy Cole 34*
1995/96 Les Ferdinand 25
1996/97 Alan Shearer 25
1999/00 Alan Shearer 23
2001/02 Alan Shearer 23
2003/04 Alan Shearer 22
2002/03 Alan Shearer 17
2022/23 Callum Wilson 17 (with three games to play)

* 42 game season, others 38

The Magpies have scored 63 PL goals, their highest total since the 2002/03 season (also 63):

NUFC highest PL goals scored:

2001/02 74
1996/97 73
1994/95 67*
1995/96 66
1999/00 63
2002/03 63 
2022/23 63 (with three games to play)

* 42 game seasons, others 38

Eddie Howe's side have now scored 31 goals away from SJP in the PL, matching their 1993/94* total. That's only exceeded by the 34 netted in 2001/02.

The draw took them to 31 points gained on the road this season (eight wins and seven draws), just one point short of their best PL away tally of 32 set in the 2001/02 campaign.

Avoiding defeat means Newcastle will set a new club record for the lowest number of away losses in one PL season. With only the visit to Chelsea left, they've suffered three defeats; their previous lowest total was five; a figure recorded in 1996/97, 2001/02 and 2003/04. 

With three games remaining, they will also equal or better the record for their lowest number of defeats in a PL season: with three games left they've lost five - their best return is eight, in 1995/96, 1996/97 and 2003/04.

Nick Pope has now faced five PL penalty kicks this season, with just two of them converted: 

Ivan Toney Brentford (h) scored
Aleksander Mitrovic Fulham (h) disallowed
Ivan Toney Brentford (a) saved
Ivan Toney Brentford (a) scored
Patrick Bamford Leeds United (a) saved

(Counting the Carabao Cup shootout v Crystal Palace, Pope's stats are 10 faced, four conceded).

Kieran Trippier
reached 50 competitive appearances for Newcastle all competitions.

This is the eighth instance we found of NUFC having two penalties awarded in a PL game and the fifth time that both have been converted:

1993/94 Wimbledon (a) Beardsley scored 2
1998/99 Everton (h) Shearer missed 1, scored 1
1999/00 Sheffield Wed (h) Shearer scored 2
2003/04 Everton (a) Shearer scored 2
2010/11 Arsenal (h) Barton scored 2
2013/14 Stoke (h( Remy missed 1, Cisse scored 1
2020/21 Manchester City (h) Joelinton scored 1, Willock missed 1
2022/23 Leeds United (a) Wilson scored 2

Only two of those eight games ended in Newcastle wins; Sheffield Wed (8-0) and Stoke City (5-1).

Eddie Howe's side remain unbeaten in their blue and gold change kit but lost their 100% record in it at the eighth time of asking. They won at Tranmere Rovers (LC), Fulham, Spurs, Southampton (PL and LC), Nottingham Forest and Brentford. They drew at Leeds.

NUFC @ Elland Road - PL era:

2022/23 drew 2-2 Wilson (2pens)
2021/22 won 1-0 Shelvey
2020/21 lost 2-5 Hendrick, Clark
2016/17 won 2-0 Gayle 2
2010/11 lost 2-3 (FR) S.Taylor, Vuckic
2003/04 drew 2-2 Shearer 2
2002/03 won 3-0 Dyer 2, Shearer
2001/02 won 4-3 Bellamy, Elliott, Shearer, Solano
2000/01 won 3-1 Solano, Acuna, Ameobi
1999/00 lost 2-3 Shearer 2
1998/99 won 1-0 Solano
1997/98 lost 1-4 Gillespie
1996/97 won 1-0 Shearer
1995/96 won 1-0 Gillespie
1994/95 drew 0-0
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole

This was our 100th game against Leeds in all competitions.

Full record v Leeds United:
  P W D L F A
SJP 47 25 10 12 83 56
ER 47 13 11 23 51 87
League 94 38 21 35 134 143
SJP(FA) 1 0 0 1 0 3
ER 1 0 0 1 1 4
SJP(LC) 2 1 0 1 3 4
ER 2 1 0 1 1 1
Cup 6 2 0 4 5 12
Tot 100 40 21 39 139 155



Newcastle are two wins away from sealing a Champions League place after coming from behind to take a point against a Leeds side fighting for their Premier League survival with renewed vigour. 

An incident-packed encounter featured four goals, three spot kick awards, one red card and one pitch invader. The latter came from a home area in second half added time; grabbing Eddie Howe's arm before being bundled away by stewards and security staff and into a Bridewell taxi. Quite what prompted that confrontation is unclear, but it's hard to imagine a less offensive target than our boss.

The coolest man inside a fevered Elland Road was the visiting number nine, shutting out considerable white noise to convert penalty kicks in each half. Callum Wilson's latest brace turned a 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 advantage, but he and his colleagues didn't have quite enough in them to claim victory.

What had seemed like an eminently winnable fixture arguably became less so 10 days before matchday, when Sam Allardyce was tempted back to the touchline at the age of 68 - getting on for two years after failing to prevent West Bromwich Albion's top flight exit.

Winless in six games, the expected early enthusiasm was repaid with a goal from their first attack; Luke Ayling finishing from close range on seven minutes after Nick Pope spilled Rodrigo's header.

However the Magpies custodian soon atoned for that, blocking Patrick Bamford's 28th minute penalty after Joelinton had upended Junior Firpo in the area.

And within three minutes the blue-clad visitors were level; Maximilian Wober illegally challenging Alexander Isak at the other end of the pitch and Callum Wilson firing in from 12 yards.

That equaliser heralded a period of first half dominance from Newcastle in which they enjoyed extended periods of possession without carving out clear-cut scoring opportunities, Miguel Almiron enjoying his most industrious period of the game as his side channeled their attacks down the right.

The second half was a similar story; neither side able to
properly seize the initiative and Leeds unsure of whether to stick or twist. Eddie Howe spoke of being rushed when around the box, but at times we were perhaps guilty of overplaying and the familiar set piece frustrations were evident.

Anthony Gordon and Allan Saint-Maximin were stripped and ready when Joe Willock's cross from the left towards Isak was handled in the box by Firpo. The Swede's reaction and pursuit of the referee played a part in Newcastle's second penalty award of the game, as did Joelinton urging Trippier to contest the decision - the visiting captain initially trying to wave his number 7 back to defend.  

Some disgraceful antics from goalkeeper Joel Robles failed to distract Wilson confidently converting his second of the afternoon to reach seventeen goals this season. 2-1 could then have become 3-1 as the visitors sought to exploit spaces that appeared as Leeds committed players forward, Saint-Maximin rightly ruled offside as he took Isak's pass and struck from close range.

However a scruffy second goal saw the hosts claw their way back to parity on 79 minutes, Rasmus Kristensen's shot deflecting in off Trippier and past Pope after a corner wasn't fully dealt with.

Newcastle pressed forward again for a winner but were unable to find one; Trippier's added time free-kick blocked after Firpo's foul on Gordon was punished by a second booking for the Leeds man.

Leeds seemed content to run the clock down and take the point rather than launching a last-gasp bid to collect all three; the earlier booking for their goalkeeper inevitably giving him the freedom to do what he liked, secure in the knowledge the referee wouldn't court controversy with further censure.

That's no win in two games then for Big Sham (none in nine counting his Baggies stint), as he hit halfway in his short-term deal needing to collect points against West Ham and Spurs to avoid another relegation on his CV. 

Two losses would cook his goose, but any sort of return allied to the failings
of other sides could see him boost his wine and gravy fund. Victory for Newcastle over Leicester next week could be as pivotal to the survival hopes of Leeds as today's point. Maybe he'll buy another Casa St.James'?    

For Newcastle meanwhile, the frustration of some about failing to win wasn't shared by ourselves. 

The Allardyce effect undeniably changed the nature of this contest, along with a Magpies squad beginning to creak after a season of incredible effort and the most cup games in a decade. 

Inevitably, attention fell
on the midfield again today with Sean Longstaff sidelined, Bruno playing on reduced power and Murphy not risked. Ignoring the variable contribution of ASM, Anthony Gordon may yet have a significant role to play this season while we've just about got away with coaxing Joelinton beyond a three match ban. He's now three bookings short with three games to play.

Defensively we're also light; with three left backs on the bench and the injury to Jamaal Lascelles meaning the withdrawal of Botman or Fabian Schar would result in our fielding a patched-up back line.

This point ensures that home wins over Brighton and Leicester would put us beyond the chasing sides and render the final day comparatively meaningless. It could also prove
to be valuable if in winning their last three games, Liverpool overturned our superior goal difference. A final day visit to already-relegated Southampton could be significant in that respect.

We've reached a critical moment in a season that is already an incredible success.  Some perspective as to the possible outcomes is required; from a relegation fight to a Europa League place in 12 months is pretty remarkable, even if joining the really big lads eludes us this time.

It promises to be a nervous watch, but unlike many recent seasons, it's not a fearful one.


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