Competition: English Premier League.
Referee: Mr D. Ellery (Harrow-on-the-Hill).
avaricious appetite for goals which made Mark Viduka
the leading goal-scorer in
An away win
seemed a certainty as
Mark Viduka had other ideas. After watching
United had been boosted by the return to midfield of Olivier Dacourt and Lee Bowyer, while Dominic Matteo reverted to a central defensive role, alongside Jonathan Woodgate, against his former club. Manager O’Leary took the unprecedented step of naming only four substitutes as an injury crisis had continued to decimate his squad.
Ziegler’s early free-kick had found Emile Heskey, but
he was not able to properly direct his header. However,
dealt another blow when Jonathan Woodgate was forced
to limp out of the action on sixteen minutes with a pulled thigh muscle to be
replaced by Danny Hay, and immediately, Liverpool went two up. Gary Kelly
upended Patrik Berger on the left and when Gary
McAllister delivered his free-kick Christian Ziege
was miles above the pack to head home.
caught napping by a quick free-kick, which saw Vladimimir
Smicer shoot narrowly wide, then Gary Kelly was
forced to concede a corner as Emile Heskey
shot from Olivier Dacourt brought a flying save from
Sander Westerveld as
minute of the restart
were back in front on the hour when, after good work by Christian Zeige, Patric Berger crossed for
Vladimir Smicer to cut inside Dominic Matteo and bury his shot in the bottom corner for his first
goal of the season. Lee Bowyer spotted Sander Westerveld
off his line and tried a lob that was too high before
Olivier Dacourt’s powerful shot from Lee Bowyer’s corner was kept out at some personal cost by Christian Ziege and then, in the seventy-third minute, an excellent ball from Olivier Dacourt found Mark Viduka, who twisted and turned his way through two challenges before firing home for a splendid hat-trick. Ten minutes later United, incredibly, were in front for the first time in the game and it was that man Viduka, who again did the damage, picking up on Olivier Dacourt’s miss-hit shot and delicately chipping in.
It had been a fantastic match, but the kind that guarantees managers with high defensive standards, premature baldness.
Mark Viduka heads the second goal
Mark Viduka chips the third goal
Mark Viduka beats Markus Babbel and Sander Westerveld to get his hat-trick
Mark Viduka chips in the fourth goal
Mark Viduka celebrates the fourth goal
Mark Viduka beats Sander Westerveld at the near post
Mark Viduka chips Sander Westerveld
Mark Viduka leaves
Mark Viduka celebrates his hat-trick Mark Viduka salutes the victory The scoreboard tells the story
Back Row: Steve Staunton, Markus Babbel, Emile Heskey, Stephane Henchoz, Erik Meijer,
Jørgen Nielsen, Sander Westerveld, Pegguy Arphexad, Unknown, Titi Camara, Dietmer Hamann,
Frodi Kippe, Dominic Matteo, Rigobert Song.
Middle Row: Five non-players, Richie Partridge, Alan Navarro, Vegard Heggem,Vladimir Smicer,
Stephen Wright, Patrik Berger, Djimi Traore, Gary McAllister, Igor Biscan, Bernard Diomede,
Five Coaching Staff.
Front Row: Steven Gerrard, Danny Murphy, Sami Hyypia, Jamie Redknapp, Assistant Manager,
Gerrard Houllier (Manager), Robbie Fowler, Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen.
Back Row: Michael Bridges, Michael Duberry, Robert Molenaar, Danny Milosevic, Nigel Martyn,
Paul Robinson, Jonathan Woodgate, Eirik Bakke, Mark Viduka, Matthew Jones.
Middle Row: Dave Hancock (Physio), Sean Hardy (Kit Manager),
Steve Sutton (Goalkeeping Coach), Gary Kelly, David Batty, Ian Harte, Danny Mills, Lee Bowyer,
Eddie Gray (Assistant Manager), Roy Aitken (Coach).
Front Row: Alan Smith, Darren Huckerby, Harry Kewell, Peter Ridsdale (Chairman),
Lucas Radebe, David O’Leary (Manager), Jason Wilcox, Olivier Dacourt, Stephen McPhail.
Four Goal Mark Viduka Leeds were strengthened by the return of Olivier Dacourt and Lee Bowyer
Paul Robinson made some Dominic Matteo reverted to central defence to partner Jonathan Woodgate, Danny Hay subbed
fine saves. who was soon injured.
Jacob Burns was in midfield Gary Kelly saved a certain goal Alan Smith missed a sitter Ian Harte made a vital block
Sander Westerveld was in goal Jamie Carragher and Christian Ziege were the full backs
Markus Babbel and
Sammy Hyypia were the central defence Vladimir Smicer and Emile Heskey were the
Dietmer Hamman, Gary McAllister, Danny Murphy and Patrik Berger started in midfield