Leeds 5-2 Newcastle: Player Ratings as Hosts Deliver Five-Star Performance

Leeds 5-2 Newcastle: Player Ratings as Hosts Deliver Five-Star Performance

Leeds United delivered an accomplished attacking performance at Elland Road on Wednesday night, sweeping aside Newcastle 5-2 thanks to a flurry of late goals.

The win saw Marcelo Bielsa’s team leapfrog Steve Bruce’s in the Premier League, while also handing their opponents goal difference a bit of a battering as they relentlessly poured forward.

The Magpies had taken the lead in the 26th minute through Jeff Hendrick, but goals from Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo saw the hosts turn things around midway through the second half. A Ciaran Clark header levelled things up at 2-2, before a total capitulation from the away side saw three goals shipped in 13 minutes – the pick of them a blistering late strike from Jack Harrison.

Here’s how the players rated in a night of contrasting fortune for both teams.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

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3. Forward

Bamford reacted first to head into an empty net | Stu Forster/Getty Images

Patrick Bamford (ST) – 7/10 – Linked up well with Raphinha and Rodrigo, before showing his abilities as a poacher by reacting when nobody else did for his goal.

Alioski was on the receiving end of one of Pablo Hernandez’s two assits | Stu Forster/Getty Images

Newcastle United

Without Darlow in between the sticks, it would have been more than five | Pool/Getty Images

6. Midfielders

Not quite sure what the rules are anymore, can’t tackle and dare touch the other player? unacceptable end to the game tonight, bumps along the way are to be expected but we need to react quickly for the weekend. Thank you for your continued support. #NUFC

— Isaac Hayden (@IsaacHayden65) December 16, 2020

Wilson had little to feed on | LEE SMITH/Getty Images

8. Substitutes

Bielsa’s changes came out on top of Bruce’s | Pool/Getty Images

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