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Season 2021-22
Leeds United (a) Premier League


Saturday 22nd January 2022, 3pm

 Elland Road

Conditions: Immense

Programme: Ł3.50

Leeds United



0 - 1





Half time: Whites 0 Magpies 0

75 mins Substitute Javier Manquillo's forward run was illegally halted by Diego Llorente on the left hand side of the Leeds penalty area.

Up stepped Shelvey and his right-footed free kick bounced in front and then through Illan Meslier's hands at the Kop End, prompting Jonjo's trademark goggles celebration in front of an erupting Toon contingent. A smoke bomb was let off in the lower tier while it's reported that a steward at pitchside received facial injuries in the aftermath of the goal.

Lost in the madness was a VAR check conducted to judge whether Fabian Schar or Ciaran Clark had got a boot to the goalbound effort and if so, whether either were standing offside. Thankfully neither had.

Full time: Whites 0 Magpies 1

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

"I thought to a man everybody really contributed to the win. An incredible intensity - it always is against Leeds. We had to be very good physically and we’ve ended up with a few injuries but it was a heroic effort in the end.

"Massively impressed with the players. That was a big test for us off the back of last week. The pleasing thing was that it wasn't backs to the wall - we weren't camped in our box. If anything we looked like the team that might score again.

"Today we learned that there's a resilience in the team. They are fighting for each other and fighting for the club. They have belief that we're not dead and buried and there's more to come.

"I'm so pleased for everybody connected with Newcastle that we won the game. It was a big match and hopefully it can transform our season."

"It was a massive win for us. I thought we played very well today. First half was a bit cagey. Second half we played really well, we defended well. We became a real counter threat the longer the game went on.

"Martin Dubravka played really well today. He made the save, commanded his box, took crosses. I thought our second half performance was really, really good. Chris Wood also gave us a platform as well from the central position. His work rate was tireless.

"Hanging on at the end is something we haven't done very well this season so that is a big psychological barrier we are hopefully on our way to overcome. I didn't feel we would concede today.

"We hope to use it as a turning point in our season, we need to, we need more wins, we need some momentum, so fingers crossed."

On Jonjo Shelvey:

"He's hugely important. He's the central player in the team. He's the supplier in possession & starts a lot of our attacks.

"From a defensive perspective he got his positioning spot on today. He stopped a lot of their attacks so I was really pleased with him."

On the fans:

"Right from early in the game they were brilliant. Leeds can be a hostile atmosphere but I cannot pay enough compliments to that support. It does make you think what could be if we could bring consistent success."

They Said


Marcelo Bielsa said (via translation):

(Newcastle’s time wasting) was evident, and those in charge have sufficient tools to prevent it. (The result is) very frustrating, it was a game to show our differences, to have some consistency. It was a very important opportunity I couldn’t take advantage of.

"We had many moments to unbalance the game, and we could unbalance them a lot offensively, but we couldn’t convert. Normally in the games where you could score and you don’t, some detail unbalances the game against you, and I have the sensation that this is what happened.

"Even if in the last 15 minutes we failed to create enough danger, prior to that, in the rest of the game we had done sufficient to be ahead.

“We always got to the final third with ease, we could pick the final pass, whether it be from out wide or through the centre. In the closing of the game we were lacking in clarity, we lost the capacity to go on the outside, I changed Raphinha and Harrison’s sides - swapped them.

"I saw that all the play was going down the left, and Raphinha is our most unbalancing player, and from there on, all the opposite happened.

"And from there on, the ball started going down to the right, where Raphinha was playing initially. That prevented us from getting in behind on both sides.

"We didn't create sufficient danger.”


Eddie Howe
took charge of the team in the Premier League for the tenth time and collected his second victory. He's taken 10 points from a possible 30.

The Magpies have gone three PL games without defeat for the first time this season, conceding two goals in the process. The previous three games had seen them let in 11.

Jonjo Shelvey
netted his eleventh PL goal for United, taking him level with current SJP colleagues Allan Saint-Maximin and Dwight Gayle. The midfielder now has 18 strikes for Newcastle in all competitions.

This goal meant that he'd scored in successive away games - today our first fixture away from SJP since the 1-3 loss at Liverpool over a month ago. Scheduled visits to both Everton and Southampton were postponed.

Newcastle won their 125th away PL game at the 508th attempt, this a seventh success away to Leeds. Only Aston Villa (8), Spurs (10) and West Ham (10) have proved to be happier hunting grounds.

The Magpies recorded their first PL away win at the tenth attempt; it took them 11 games in the 1999/00 season and 12 in 2012/13.

Victory broke a winless sequence of nine games on the road since the final day success away at Fulham in 2021/22. Newcastle's longest barren run of winless away games in a PL season came in 2003/04, when they failed to win any of their remaining 14 games after a victory at Fulham in October 2003. That run was then extended to 16 games until success at Southampton in September 2004.

There was a maiden success in the black change strip at the third attempt, following defeat at Villa and a draw at Brighton.

Four members of the starting XI for our last win here in November 2016 (in the Championship) featured: Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett and Jonjo Shelvey. Karl Darlow and Dwight Gayle were in both squads.

Last 20 visits to Elland Road:

2021/22 won 1-0 Shelvey
lost 2-5 Hendrick, Clark
won 2-0 Gayle 2
2010/11 lost 2-3 (FR) S.Taylor, Vuckic
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
1989/90 lost 0-1
1983/84 won 1-0 Anderson
1982/83 lost 1-3 Anderson
1982/83 won 1-0 (LC) Varadi
1977/78 won 2-0 Burns 2




To the delight of a raucous away support, Newcastle collected a potentially priceless three points at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon thanks to Jonjo Shelvey's second half free kick conversion.

Having gone ahead in ten of their 20 previous Premier League games only to then fritter nine of those advantages away, today saw the black-clad Magpies finally manage to hang on to that lead.    

Their first away success of the season - and only a second league victory and clean sheet - brought massive relief to fans, players and management alike, prompting memorable scenes at full time.

The significance of finally winning in front of an away crowd for the first time since Southampton in March 2020 cannot be overstated: subsequent victories at Bournemouth, West Ham, Palace, Everton, Burnley, Leicester and Fulham may have been satisfying, but the collective "I was there" outpouring of joy that accompanied those conquests was missing - until today.

Success came at a cost for Eddie Howe's side however; Joelinton, Paul Dummett and Jamaal Lascelles all limping off and Ryan Fraser playing out the latter stages limping badly with all three substitutes on.

Fielding ten of the starting line-up held 1-1 by Watford a week earlier, Sean Longstaff dropped out in favour of Joe Willock, with the former Arsenal man  reprising the advanced central midfield role from his loan spell last season.

Neither side dominated a tense opening half with clear chances in short supply and moments of quality fleeting: Shelvey's well-judged left footed volley just before the half hour matched by Illan Meslier's two-handed stop.

The opening stages of the second period saw the hosts threaten to push on with with the rigours of the opening 45 minutes seemingly catching up with Newcastle. However, the earlier arrival of Longstaff for Joelinton gave them some legs in midfield and Lobby's efforts would prove invaluable.

The vital breakthrough came when another substitute - Javier Manquillo, in at left back for Dummett - won a free kick on the left side of the Leeds box. Set piece specialist Kieran Trippier left it to Shelvey and he belted it home - aided by Meslier's questionable positioning and consequent mishandling.

With 15 minutes remaining to hold out, plus the inevitable chunk of stoppage time, Newcastle to their credit went after a second goal rather than sitting back and inviting their opponents on to them. Some surprisingly competent defending from messrs Clark and Schar also helped - the latter usually more relaxed and effective when part of a back five.

Referee Chris Kavanagh and VAR boffin Kevin Friend saw nothing wrong with an 85th minute foul in the box by Robin Koch on Allan Saint-Maximin - but replays indicated that a penalty was justified.

The expected Leeds onslaught never materialised, home fans (whose early volume soon dissipated) drifting away well before full time and what balls did make it into our box were competently collected by Martin Dubravka.

Victory lifted Newcastle above Watford into 18th; a point behind Norwich City who won at Vicarage Road on Friday. Burnley remain bottom but with up to five games in hand on teams above them ahead of Sunday's visit to Arsenal. Leeds meanwhile missed their chance to find mid-table, as Everton slipped closer to the danger zone after losing at home to Aston Villa.

Despite some grumbling from the stands, here's no suggestion that PIF were growing discontented with the manager and already looking for a change as per Watford, but aside from a certain Spaniard, it's hard to see how they would actually manage to secure a replacement given their track record to date.

With a 16 day gap before their next PL game against Everton, the squad flew out on Sunday for a week-long training camp in Saudi Arabia - although Miguel Almiron and Chris Wood were elsewhere on international duty.

They depart in a more upbeat mood than many anticipated pre-match; taking four points from games against Watford and Leeds in the order we did typically backwards (notwithstanding our perpetual liking for this place).

Once the celebrations subside though, lengthening injury concerns and a transfer window closing in little over a week mean that much work still needs to be done. Rather than provide some respite, this victory has to spur those at the helm on to renewed efforts in recruitment.

We may have belatedly given ourselves the chance of extricating ourselves from a mess of our own making, but failure to reinforce the defence at least would be criminally negligent. Before the next ball is kicked in anger, we'll know whether our chances of survival have really improved, or this proves to be a false dawn like that home victory over Boro in 2009.


Another victory - another group photograph



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