'Sky mentioned it': Some Leeds fans baffled by 23rd minute 'mystery' vs Newcastle
Leeds fans have taken to Twitter to react after Dan James was tripped inside the area by Joe Willock during the 1-1 draw last night.
What’s the story?
Well, in the 23rd minute, Leeds were leading Newcastle 1-0 at St James’ Park thanks to Raphinha’s strike as Willock barged into James.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side should’ve been given a chance to double their lead from 12 yards after that incident, in our view.
Willock certainly doesn’t make contact with the ball, but prevents James from reaching it by knocking him to the ground inside the area.
However, Mike Dean wasn’t interested. The incident wasn’t even checked by those inside the VAR hub at Stockley Park. How bizarre.
Anywhere else on the pitch, and a freekick is surely given, so why are the rules different inside the box?
Leeds should’ve been more ruthless against Newcastle
For whatever reason, Bielsa’s men were lacking a bit of ruthlessness on Tyneside last night.
As WhoScored shows, Leeds had 22 shots in total, with nine on target, while also boasting 64.6% possession.
Leeds also made 18 key passes, compared to Newcastle’s 13.
In that respect, it’s not good enough to see just one goal scored, and even that was from a cross which Rodrigo did well to dummy into the net.
When the players get back to Thorp Arch, Bielsa must do some finishing drills, as his players were hugely wasteful against Steve Bruce’s side.
For now, let’s see what the Leeds fans on Twitter have been saying about the 23rd minute moment…
So does someone want to talk to me about why VAR hasn’t looked at Dan James penalty? Or does it only come into use for certain teams?— David Brown (@Brownie89) September 17, 2021
Makes no sense, if the ref missed it, why is var not in his ear the have a look.— Thomas Steed (@tsteed97) September 17, 2021
Pure joke, i dont understand how thats not a pen.. 2.0 on 23 game dead.. var joke— Jaspal Singh Kler (@JazSinKler) September 17, 2021
Sky mentioned it once, it was stonewall. How are we having these conversations with VAR. Only beneficial to some— Davy Reddin 🏆 (@davyred93) September 17, 2021
Stonewall penalty, what's going on seriously??— Cuddy (@CudwSam) September 17, 2021
Complete mystery. Pundits saw it but Stockley were on a tea break!— Drew Foster 🏆💛💙 (@DrewF64) September 17, 2021