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Newcastle grab just second win of Premier League season

Published:Sunday | January 23, 2022 | 12:13 AM

Newcastle United’s Allan Saint-Maximin skips a challenge during the English Premier League soccer match between Leeds United and Newcastle at Elland Road, Leeds, England, yesterday.
Newcastle United’s Allan Saint-Maximin skips a challenge during the English Premier League soccer match between Leeds United and Newcastle at Elland Road, Leeds, England, yesterday.

LEEDS, England (AP):

Newcastle claimed just its second Premier League win of the season by beating Leeds 1-0 on Saturday, in a big boost to its ambitions of avoiding relegation.

Jonjo Shelvey’s low free kick flew past a slew of outstretched legs in the area and squeezed into the far corner of the net in the 75th minute at Elland Road.

The victory wasn’t enough to lift Newcastle out of the relegation zone but the Saudi-owned team is only one point from safety with a game in hand on fourth-to-last Norwich, which won at Watford on Friday.

Eddie Howe’s side was under pressure for long spells against Leeds, which was seeking a third straight win to move further clear of the bottom three. Marcelo Bielsa’s team is now looking back over its shoulder after being punished for failing to cash in on its dominance.

Leeds was denied an 11th-minute lead when Newcastle defender Fabian Schar produced a last-ditch tackle on Dan James after Raphinha’s clever cut back.

Newcastle went close itself in the 28th minute when Shelvey’s thumping volley was well saved by Illan Meslier.

Raphinha caused Newcastle left back Paul Dummett lots of problems and set up another chance for Leeds that was wasted, before Newcastle forward Joelinton limped off just before half-time.