Showing posts from April, 2004
Times Online - Sport Smith has the final word to break Leicester's resistance BY DAVID MCVAY Leeds United 3 Leicester City 2 COPING in adversity, on and off the field of play, is scarcely a new phenomenon to these clubs but on the evidence at Elland Road last night, it is Leeds United who are in marginally the better shape to preserve their top-flight status in the Barclaycard Premiership. First-half goals by Michael Duberry and Mark Viduka should have given the home side an unassailable lead, but during a thrilling finale, Paul Dickov and Muzzy Izzet revived Leicester City’s own prospects of escaping relegation. Incredibly, there was a final twist when Alan Smith, the local hero, scored the winner with only four minutes remaining. However, only time will tell how the dismissal of Viduka, for a silly second caution of the evening for kicking the ball away in injury time, will disrupt the Leeds cause. He will miss the equally vital game against Portsmouth. There could n
Sport Smith's winner fires Leeds survival fight Leeds United 3 Leicester City 2 By Phil Shaw 06 April 2004 Leeds certainly know how to put their followers through the emotional mangle. Two goals in three minutes early on should have been the basis for a handsome win for the Premiership's second-bottom club last night, yet Leicester scored twice within the same timescale late in the game and looked certain to leave Elland Road with at least a point. They reckoned without the indomitable Alan Smith. With four minutes left, the England striker scored to take the home team level on points with 18th-placed Leicester. Leeds being Leeds, however, almost inevitably there was a dark side to their success. Mark Viduka, who had earlier struck a stunning goal, was sent off in stoppage time and now misses the relegation six-pointer against Portsmouth a fortnight on Saturday. Indeed, when Leeds go in search of their first back-to-back victories this season away to Blackburn next