COMMENT By Matt Farr
Newcastle and Leeds played out a thrilling 1-1 draw at St. James’ Park on Friday night.
Jamaal Lascelles has given the home side a deserved lead with just over 20 minutes remaining, and the Magpies looked destined to seal all three points at full-time.
However, Chris Wood snatched a late equaliser for the visitors in the final minute of added time to deny Newcastle a crucial victory.
The Magpies had peppered the Leeds goal throughout the meeting between the two sides, but the final result left Newcastle understandably frustrated.
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In fairness, Newcastle played pretty well. They were unlucky to end up with just a point for their efforts, but there were a few quiet performances, including that of Ayoze Perez.
The 23-year-old retained his preferred role as a No.10 for the clash, but struggled to make any lasting influence on proceedings.
Perez came close to breaking the deadlock for Newcastle in the first half, but his goal-bound strike was superbly deflected wide by Leeds defender Pontus Jansson.
He had a chance to seal the game later on, but a determined defensively display from Leeds meant it was not to be for the Newcastle attacker.
The 28-year-old had a fairly mixed game in at right-back.
He was put to the sword in the first half by Leeds winger Alfonso Pedraza, who’s energy and skill looked to be a considerably handful for the Newcastle defence.
But once Pedraza receded, and was later withdrawn, Anita eased back into the game. His traditional role as a defensive-midfielder meant his defensive knowledge was sound and his passing ability was more than apt.
With DeAndre Yedlin back in contention for Newcastle, Anita will need to fight to retain his place in the Newcastle first team in the final weeks.
Again, it was not necessarily a case of Lascelles putting in a poor performance. However, he switched off at a vital moment and allowed Leeds hitman Wood to level the scoreline.
Lascelles had earlier headed Newcastle into the lead, but he botched his hero status by switching off for Leeds’ late equaliser.
The Leeds striker had been kept at bay for the entirety of the game, but one moment of lost concentration cost them.
He is by no means a serial offender, but mistakes like this will cost Newcastle big-time in the Premier League. He’ll make amends next time out, no question.
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