BATTLE: Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips looks to get the Whites forward in Friday's draw against Newcastle United at St James' Park. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Newcastle United 1 Leeds United 1 - Graham Smyth's player ratings as Whites wait for victory continues

Leeds United had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United at St James' Park - but how did we rate the performances?

Friday, 17th September 2021, 10:44 pm
Updated Friday, 17th September 2021, 10:54 pm

Leeds went ahead in the 13th minute when Raphinha whipped in a cross from the right flank that sailed past Magpies keeper Karl Darlow into the bottom left corner after Rodrigo had jumped over the ball.

The contest then became a crazy match of attack versus attack and Newcastle were denied by the frame of the goal as a Matt Ritchie effort from 20 yards out flew back off the post.

But the hosts drew level one minute before the break when Joelinton worked the ball to Allan Saint-Maximin who moved wider and wider before unleashing a fine finish into the bottom left corner of the net.

Both sides then had chances during the second half in which Crysencio Summerville was handed a Whites debut but neither team was able to find a winner in their search for a first win of the new Premier League campaign.

Graham Smyth, the YEP's chief football writer, hands out the scores.

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