Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds ran out 2-1 winners against Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Tuesday evening, securing their first ever Premier League double over the Magpies and condemning Steve Bruce’s side to their sixth consecutive defeat.
The early exchanges were cagey but it was Leeds that grew into the game quicker than their hosts. A good break away move led by Patrick Bamford ended in Raphinha calmly slotting home from a Rodrigo pull-back to open the scoring.
Rodrigo and Raphinha both came close to adding to the lead on the brink of half-time but couldn’t extend the 1-0 scoreline.
The second period was much more frantic as the game opened up completely. The hosts came out seemingly invigorated and the Magpies found an equaliser as Miguel Almiron just about finished past Illan Meslier after a sweeping team move. However, their visitors found an instant response as Raphina picked out an unmarked Jack Harrison in the box, who finished sublimely to restore Leeds’ advantage.
Newcastle responded well, though, and went on to hit the top of the bar twice in two minutes before Jonjo Shelvey missed the opportunity to draw them level, as he put a free header down the throat of Meslier. That turned out to be the home side’s last big chance as Leeds held on to get all three points.