Competition: Second Division.
Referee: Mr B.
Eddie Gray did a fine job in bringing on younger players
when he was manager of Leeds United in the 1980’s. Two such players were John
Sheridan and Scott Sellars. He singled out this
skilful duo for special mention after United had battled to a 2-2 draw against
Successful teams can usually count on a fair number of goals from midfield and the progress of these two had been underlined by the fact that both were well ahead of their goal tally for the previous season. Scott Sellars, who scored three goals in twenty-one outings last term already had eight goals to his name in the current season, while John Sheridan’s total stood at six, compared to just one in eleven games in the previous campaign, and while neither could add to his total against Wimbledon, they played a key role in the draw.
Scott Sellars twice went close, the first of these efforts proving to be too hot for goalkeeper Dave Beasant to hold and the ball rebounded to Ian Baird, who opened the scoring in the sixteenth minute. His second effort, early in the second half, beat Beasant only for the referee to disallow it because Ian Baird had got himself into an offside position.
United lost their lead in the sixty-third minute when Lawrie Sanchez slid the ball home as Glyn Hodges atoned for his fifty-first minute penalty miss, with a well flighted high centre from the right flank. Mervyn Day, who had distinguished himself with a full-length dive to save the penalty one-handed, was beaten for the second time after seventy-three minutes as the home side went ahead for the first time in the match. Another high ball from the right set up Nigel Winterburn, who headed in at the far post.
United were not to be outdone, however, and the battling Ian
Baird showed his never-say-die qualities when he grabbed a seventy-eighth
minute equaliser, flicking in a low cross from Tommy Wright, which took his
goal tally to five in as many games. Andy Ritchie came into the game for the
final fourteen minutes and United went hard after the winner but Baird failed
to convert two reasonable chances and they had to settle for a point. That left
United fifth on the ladder, fourteen points behind
leaders Oxford United, ten adrift from second placed
Alternate Report (Courtesy Mark Ledgard)
Match Action: (Courtesy Mark Ledgard)
Neil Aspin giving his all, as usual
Lawrie Sanchez and Nigel Winterburn scored for Wimbledon Ian Baird scored twice for Leeds, one from a Dave Beasant fumble,
off-side robbed him of third
Mervyn Day brilliantly saved a Glyn Hodges penalty Tommy Wright crossed for United’s second
John Sheridan and Scott Sellars were providing goals from midfield Andy Ritchie added punch as a substitute