The league table as it stands. Leeds are 12th, Newcastle still in trouble, but look at West Ham invading the Champions League places after their 3-1 win at Crystal Palace!
Final score: Newcastle United 1-2 Leeds United
90+4 mins: But Newcastle don’t get the ball over the halfway line before the referee’s whistle blows. It’s all over, and Newcastle lose again!
90+4 mins: Ayling and Roberts combine to use up some more seconds by the corner flag, but then the latter ludicrously dives in an attempt to win a free kick and Newcastle get the ball back.
90+3 mins: Ayling takes the ball to the corner flag, as Leeds try to take the wind out of Newcastle’s sails.
90+1 mins: There will be four minutes of stoppage time, or thereabouts. Klich becomes probably the first person to cleanly tackle Saint-Maximin.
90 mins: Save! The corner hits Schar and Darlow has to react smartly to prevent an own goal.
89 mins: Klich hits a left-foot shot that deflects wide off Lascelles’ arms, which were pushed tight to his body. Newcastle want a penalty and won’t get one.
86 mins: Schar pretends to be much more badly hurt by Rodrigo’s arm than he possibly could have been, and when the referee doesn’t give him a free kick gets up and confronts Rodrigo, who goes down and pretends to be much more badly hurt than he possibly could have been. The referee books them both.
84 mins: Gayle’s shot screams high, and probably also wide.
83 mins: Saint-Maximin sets off on another screaming run, which ends when he’s brought down, 25 yards out. Dwight Gayle fancies his luck here.
82 mins: Save! Schar picks up the ball in his own half and starts running, and by the time he stops he’s 20 yards out and has just sent in a curling shot that is well saved by Meslier!
80 mins: Lascelles’ long ball very nearly drops onto Wilson’s right boot, before bouncing out of play. Newcastle could do with just keeping the ball for a while and calming things down, because this high-tempo madness primarily suits the home side.
77 mins: That’s the last we’ll see of Fraser, who has been replaced by Dwight Gayle.
76 mins: Save! Fraser takes a Newcastle corner and Shelvey wins the header, but Meslier tips over the bar!
75 mins: Newcastle are basically thumping the ball forward and relying on chaos to create itself in the final third. It’s doing a decent job, to be fair, with Saint-Maximin helping it on its way.
72 mins: Newcastle win another dangerous free kick, and hit another wall.
69 mins: The second half has been excellent/rubbish, depending on whether you like to be entertained or to see organised teams playing sensibly. Saint-Maximin is tripped, and Schar drives the free-kick into the wall.
68 mins: Newcastle win a corner, and again Shelvey finds Lascelles, whose header clips the top of the bar on its way over! The referee charitably gives Newcastle another corner, but this one picks out a defender.
66 mins: Chance! Saint-Maximin spins and sprints to the edge of the area before nudging to Lewis on his left, who drives a shot wide of the near post!
65 mins: Another excellent pass from Rodrygo to Raphinha on the right, and his pass infield finds Roberts, whose shot doesn’t really alter either the speed or the trajectory of the ball, and Darlow saves.
65 mins: And a substitution in this one, where Saint-Maximin has finally entered the fray, and Murphy has left it.
64 mins: Now the ball drops to Murphy, whose 20-yarder curls just wide!
63 mins: Action! Shelvey goes on a lovely run down the left, but his attempted cutback hits a defender and is cleared.
GOAL! Newcastle 1-2 Leeds (Harrison, 61 mins)
Great finish, rubbish defending! Raphinha cuts inside from the right, and for an age Harrison is free on the left, arms outstretched, demanding a pass. Eventually he gets the ball inside the area, controls, and hits a lovely shot with the outside of his left foot that goes in off the inside of the far post!
60 mins: Leeds make their final change, bringing Roberts on for Bamford.
GOAL! Newcastle 1-1 Leeds (Almiron, 57 mins)
Newcastle have massively improved since half-time, and now have their reward! Lascelles wins the ball excellently deep in the Leeds half, and from there Shelvey passes to Wilson, who touches infield to Almiron, who runs beyond the Leeds defence before sidefooting in off Meslier!
56 mins: The ball is played into the Leeds area; Meslier gets to it a moment before Wilson, and gets a glancing blow to the head by way of reward. Leeds make a second substitution, bringing Klich on for the recently-booked Alioski.
55 mins: Chance! Shelvey curls the free kick onto Lascelles’ forehead, but he heads wide.
54 mins: Alioski, falling over, pushes the ball away from Murphy with his arm and gets the day’s first booking.
53 mins: Newcastle have had a shot on target! Cooper gives the ball away really poorly and Newcastle work it to Almiron, whose 25-yarder is too close to Meslier.
52 mins: Saint-Maximin is still warming up, now on the touchline. He’s going to be absolutely boiling by the time he gets on the pitch. Murphy has a long-range shot which hits a defender on its way behind.
49 mins: Leeds have a goal disallowed for handball! A lovely pass from Rodrigo to Raphinha, who pulls back to Dallas. His first-time shot hits a defender, rebounds into Dallas’s arm, flailing as he falls over, loops over Darlow, clips the crossbar, bounces over the line and then out. For a while it’s hard to know what’s happened, whether it’s a goal, no goal, a foul, a handball or what day it is, but the referee gets it all sorted out in no time.
46 mins: Peeeeeep! The second half is under way. There has only been one shot on target in this match, which isn’t promising, but Newcastle have presumably been freshly motivated by a Bruce interval rocket.
The players are back out, and it looks like there will be no halftimely changes.
Allan Saint-Maximin is on the pitch, warming up. We’ll surely be seeing him at some point, and Newcastle could do with a bit of pace and invention. The key issue though is the lack of numbers and movement in the penalty area: Murphy and Fraser can both create if they have some targets to aim for.
“Bruce has to go,” writes RSLASSOR on Twitter. “We’ll need someone who can motivate the players to try and get us out of the Championship at the first go in 21/22.” The table doesn’t yet look depressing enough for that kind of response, but at this rate it soon will.
Half time: Newcastle United 0-1 Leeds United
45+6 mins: Dallas gets down the right and chips in a cross. Darlow is poorly positioned and anyway for some reason sitting down, but nobody is on hand to turn it in. And that, for now, is that!
45+3 mins: Murphy cuts inside from the right, sprints across the field until he’s beyond what started off as the far post, and then has a shot that goes well wide of it.
45+2 mins: Phillips takes a free-kick from deep, curling it into the area where Banford rises to win the header, but he doesn’t judge it well and the ball brushes his forehead and bounces wide.
45+1 mins: Into stoppage time we roll, and because the physios have been so busy there’ll be at least five minutes of it.
45 mins: Rodrigo has another effort, this time from 20 yards, which zips wide.
43 mins: Leeds break and nearly score! Rodrigo cuts onto his left foot, opens up the goal and curls in a shot that Lewis gets across to block and then Raphinha shoots against the near post from a ludicrously acute angle!