Newcastle secures just their second win of this Premier League season against Leeds to give their chances of staying up a big boost.
However, Shelvey’s free-kick has proven to be the difference in what has been a scrappy, short-on-quality affair.
Leeds were more than up for the game but have been punished for their profligacy in the final third.
Newcastle’s survival hopes get a shot in the arm, then, with more reinforcements to come before January is out.
The Geordies don’t have to start their Saudi revolution from the Championship just yet.
LEEDS UNITED (4-1-4-1): Illan Meslier;
Luke Ayling (c), Diego Llorente, Pascal Struijk, Stuart Dallas;
Raphinha, Mateusz Klich, Rodrigo, Jack Harrison;
SUBS: Kristoffer Klaesson, Stuart McKinstry, Joe Gelhardt,
L. Bate, Liam McCarron, Leo Fuhr Hjelde,
Nohan Kenneh, Kris Moore, Tyler Roberts.
NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-3-3): Martin Dubravka;
Kieran Trippier, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Fabian Schar, Paul Dummett;
Joe Willock, Jonjo Shelvey, Joelinton;
Ryan Fraser, Chris Wood, Allan Saint-Maximin.
SUBS: Jacob Murphy, Dwight Gayle, Jamal Lewis,
Miguel Almiron, Sean Longstaff, Ciaran Clark,
Karl Darlow, Javier Manquillo, Jeff Hendrick.
0-1. Shelvey makes Leeds pay with his setpiece prowess! The former England man bends his free-kick low around Leeds’ wall towards the bottom right corner. Consequently, Meslier dives to save it but can’t keep it out.
Eddie Howe Post interview:
“I thought to a man everybody really contributed to the win.”
“An incredible intensity – it always is against Leeds.”
“We had to be very good physically and we’ve ended up with a few injuries but it was a heroic effort in the end.”
On seeing the game out:
“Massively impressed with the players.”
“That was a big test for us off the back of last week.”
“The pleasing thing was that it wasn’t backs to the wall – we weren’t camped in our box.”
“If anything we looked like the team that might score again.”
On the fans:
“Right from early in the game they were brilliant.”
“Leeds can be a hostile atmosphere but I cannot pay enough compliments to that support.”
“It does make you think what could be if we could bring consistent success here.”
So, what’s next for Leeds and Newcastle United?
Leeds United will be travelling to Villa Park to face Aston Villa in the Premier League on February 9.
Meanwhile, Newcastle United will be hosting Everton Football Club.
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