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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- 19ManquilloSubstituted forKrafthat 81′minutes
- 11RitchieBooked at 8mins
- 24AlmirónBooked at 39minsSubstituted forFraserat 62′minutes
- 36S Longstaff
- 7JoelintonSubstituted forMurphyat 90+1′minutes
- 2AylingSubstituted forShackletonat 89′minutes
- 3FirpoBooked at 80mins
- 10RaphinhaSubstituted forSummervilleat 67′minutes
- 19RodrigoBooked at 57mins
- 20JamesSubstituted forRobertsat 61′minutes
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Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Leeds United 1.
Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Leeds United 1.
Rodrigo (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United).
Substitution, Newcastle United. Jacob Murphy replaces Joelinton.
Foul by Junior Firpo (Leeds United).
Ryan Fraser (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Luke Ayling because of an injury.
Attempt saved. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tyler Roberts.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Kalvin Phillips.
Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United).
Attempt saved. Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt blocked. Rodrigo (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Junior Firpo.
Attempt missed. Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Luke Ayling.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Emil Krafth replaces Javier Manquillo.
Junior Firpo (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Junior Firpo (Leeds United).
Joseph Willock (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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