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Superb Saint-Maximin goal earns draw for Newcastle against Leeds


Allan Saint-Maximin
Allan Saint-Maximin scored a minute before the break

Allan Saint-Maximin’s fine equaliser lifted the pressure on Newcastle boss Steve Bruce as his side earned a point against Leeds.

After a week when Bruce had to defend his position following further criticism from fans, the mood turned ugly inside a packed St James’ Park when Raphinha cut in from the right and sent his cross into the far corner of Karl Darlow’s goal after 13 minutes.

As Leeds threatened to run riot against a disjointed Newcastle, “we want Brucey out” was sung by all sides of the stadium.

Marcelo Bielsa’s free-spirited side should have been further ahead before the break, but after Matt Ritchie hit a post, Saint-Maximin lifted the mood when he danced around the Leeds defence before finding the bottom corner.

It was a massive goal for both Newcastle and Bruce, who punched the air in delight, and restored some equilibrium after a torrid first half.

There was less stress for Bruce after the break as both sides cancelled each other out, as Saint-Maximin twice tested Illan Meslier in the Leeds goal.

The result left both sides still searching for their first win of the season, and at the wrong end of the table.

But a point kept Bruce’s head above water even if there will still calls for him to leave the club as the game finished. As the 60-year-old headed down the tunnel, his face told the story of a man relieved for now but who faces an uphill task to turn the mood around.

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Newcastle United

  1. Squad number26Player nameDarlow

  2. Squad number19Player nameManquillo

  3. Squad number14Player nameHayden

  4. Squad number6Player nameLascelles

  5. Squad number2Player nameClark

  6. Squad number11Player nameRitchie

  7. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

  8. Squad number28Player nameWillock

  9. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

  10. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton

  11. Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin

  1. Squad number17Player nameKrafth

  2. Squad number21Player nameFraser

  3. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

Leeds United

  1. Squad number1Player nameMeslier

  2. Squad number15Player nameDallas

  3. Squad number2Player nameAyling

  4. Squad number6Player nameCooper

  5. Squad number3Player nameFirpo

  6. Squad number23Player namePhillips

  7. Squad number10Player nameRaphinha

  8. Squad number19Player nameRodrigo

  9. Squad number43Player nameKlich

  10. Squad number20Player nameJames

  11. Squad number9Player nameBamford

  1. Squad number11Player nameRoberts

  2. Squad number38Player nameSummerville

  3. Squad number46Player nameShackleton

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 5-4-1

  • 26Darlow
  • 19ManquilloSubstituted forKrafthat 81′minutes
  • 14Hayden
  • 6Lascelles
  • 2Clark
  • 11RitchieBooked at 8mins
  • 24AlmirónBooked at 39minsSubstituted forFraserat 62′minutes
  • 28Willock
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 7JoelintonSubstituted forMurphyat 90+1′minutes
  • 10Saint-Maximin

Substitutes

  • 5Schär
  • 12Lewis
  • 16Hendrick
  • 17Krafth
  • 18Fernández
  • 21Fraser
  • 23Murphy
  • 29Gillespie
  • 34Gayle

Leeds

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Meslier
  • 15Dallas
  • 2AylingSubstituted forShackletonat 89′minutes
  • 6Cooper
  • 3FirpoBooked at 80mins
  • 23Phillips
  • 10RaphinhaSubstituted forSummervilleat 67′minutes
  • 19RodrigoBooked at 57mins
  • 43Klich
  • 20JamesSubstituted forRobertsat 61′minutes
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 11Roberts
  • 13Klaesson
  • 35Cresswell
  • 38Summerville
  • 39McKinstry
  • 42Greenwood
  • 45McCarron
  • 46Shackleton
  • 54Kenneh

Referee:
Mike Dean

Attendance:
50,407

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