“Leeds are tired” is a trope that made its comeback last night, with Tim Sherwood the latest to trot the line out before Leeds United scored three goals in the final 15 minutes of the game at Elland Road.
talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino won’t be using it any time soon after purring over the fourth Leeds goal late on in a crushing 5-2 win over Newcastle.
He was amazed by the energy that Leeds showed in the final quarter of the game which he described as “extraordinary”.
Talking about the game on the Breakfast show (talkSPORT, Thursday, 9am) host Alan Brazil said, “I had it down as a 2-2 draw, I had a few quid on as well.
“I was flicking over and it was 2-2 and I was thinking it could go either way. Next time I looked it was 5-2… I was like ‘What?!’”
“Did you see the fourth goal?” asked Cascarino.
“Newcastle were attacking, and suddenly the ball breaks and Newcastle have got a couple of defenders there.
“All you see in the picture is five Leeds players running towards the Newcastle goal.”
“They play with some energy, don’t you think?” said Brazil.
“Extraordinary,” replied Cascarino.
Welcome to Bielsa-ball
Leeds might not be the best team in the league but we can be the fittest and that extra few percent makes all the difference in games like last night’s.
Newcastle tired towards the end but a lot of teams do when they face Leeds United in full flow.
Some of the stats from last night are extraordinary too.
As per FBRef, Leeds United players carried the ball progressively towards the Newcastle goal for a total of 1,979 yards last night.
Newcastle didn’t even muster half of that at 776 yards.
The figure is almost as high as the one-sided Man City game against West Brom on Tuesday, where Man City managed 2,295 yards and still only scored one goal.
We’re sure that two games a week will take it out of the Leeds players but we’ve got an extra day to recover for the United clash on Sunday.
United play Sheffield United tonight and that could make a big difference to the game.
Don’t underestimate what a day in an ice bath can do for the players.
In other Leeds United news, ‘Next level’, ‘Dreaded’ – What many Newcastle fans made of Leeds after 5-2 loss