Leeds senior man delivers verdict on Newcastle stalemate, compares to Wembley final
By Matt Farr
Leeds goalkeeper Robert Green has admitted Jamaal Lascelles’ goal for Newcastle on Friday brought back memories of the 2014 Championship play-off Final.
Lascelles put Newcastle ahead with just over 20 minutes remaining in their clash with Leeds at St. James’ Park, with his header creeping over the line albeit the best efforts of Green in the Leeds goal.
Leeds talisman Chris Wood rescued a valuable point for the away side with a last-minute equaliser, but it was Lascelles’ goal that brought back memories of the Wembley Final for Green.
The England stopper also played a key role in the draw with their promotion rivals, pulling off a number of important saves to restrict Newcastle’s lead.
As quoted by BBC reporter Adam Pope on his personal Twitter account, Green revealed that the last time he saw a goal go in ‘in slow motion’ was when Bobby Zamora netted in the play-off final years ago.
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Rob Green on Chris Wood's goal: "Last time I saw one go in in slow motion was Bobby Zamora in the play off final." pic.twitter.com/ZKxqZnhjYt
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) April 14, 2017
He said: “Last time I saw one go in in slow motion was Bobby Zamora in the play off final.”
Green is referring to the match played between Derby and Queens Park Rangers at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, with the 37-year-old then part of the first team setup at Loftus Road.
The two Championship sides met at Wembley on May 24 in the play-off final, and the game was determined by a 90th-minute strike from Zamora.
The then-QPR striker struck a dramatic late winner to seal the club’s return to the Premier League, and Green believes the goal from Lascelles had the same impact, and echoed memories of their Final success.
Leeds’ 1-1 draw with Newcastle puts them three points clear of seventh-placed Fulham in the race to finish in the Championship play-offs this season, with four games to spare.