Competition: English Premier League.
Referee: Mr D. Gallagher (Banbury).
Howard Wilkinson said afterwards that he could hardly have written a better
script for the game. Not only did his side chalk up another big score but the
way chances were created and taken, and the players who actually scored the
goals, gave further cause for celebration. A first-ever goal at Elland Road for £2.7 million striker Brian Deane, a couple
for Rod Wallace, his first home goals for the season, and a cracker from David Rocastle were the undoubted highlights of an entertaining
display. So too was the performance of teenage right-back Gary Kelly who, in
addition to his defensive duties, managed to play a significant part in two of
his side’s goals.
As a result of United’s power play, Chelsea were swept aside almost without trace, though on this showing Chelsea could hardly be classed as one of the EPL’s stronger teams. A second-half blitz brought United a victory that extended their unbeaten EPL sequence to nine games and increased their goal tally to ten in the last three games. Brian Deane began the execution when he opened the scoring in the forty-seventh minute using his strength to shrug aside Frank Sinclair before hitting a thunderous shot out of the goalkeeper’s reach.
turned goal-maker four minutes later when he forced Eddie Newton into a
defensive error and sped away to provide a swift right-wing cross which Rod
Wallace turned in from close range. A two goal advantage became three in the
fifty-sixth minute when another neat piece of work by Gary Kelly got Rod
Wallace clean through to fire in a rising shot from near the edge of the
David Rocastle celebrates
Back Row: Ray Wallace, Jon Newsome, Frank Strandli, David Wetherall, Mark Beeney,
John Lukic, Gary McAllister, Brian Deane, Steve Hodge.
Middle Row: Mick Hennigan (Coach), David O’Leary, Noel Whelan, Mark Tinkler, Kevin Sharp,
Gary Kelly, David Rocastle, Chris Fairclough, Tony Dorigo, Mel Sterland, Geoff Ladley (Physio).
Front Row: Gary Speed, David Kerslake, David Batty, Howard Wilkinson (Manager),
Gordon Strachan, Jamie Forrester, Rod Wallace.
Brian Deane, Rod Wallace (2) and David Rocastle scored the
Gary Kelly impressed the Kevin Hitchcock was in goal Tony Cascarino and Mark Stein were the strikers
Chelsea started with a midfield of Eddie Newton, future Leeds player David Hopkin and Gavin Peacock, who were both substituted, Glenn
Hoddle and future