Player ratings as Magpies fail to make dominance pay

Leeds United had Illan Meslier to thank as they held on to a 0-0 draw with high-flying Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday.

The Magpies, who had won seven in a row heading into this one, enjoyed 60% of the ball and 16 shots on goal but simply could not find a way past the Frenchman in Leeds’ net.

An entertaining affair was kicked off with a chance from Chris Wood who, surprisingly, found space behind the Leeds back line and rounded Meslier with his first touch, but he couldn’t sort his feet out and fluffed the shot from a tight angle.

Newcastle were lively in possession but Leeds looked a…

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