Competition: English Premier League.
Referee: Mr A. DíUrso (Billericay).
Harry Kewell scored both goals as United won 2-1 away
to Blackburn Rovers. Leeds Unitedís Christmas party
went with a bang when festive cheer was in abundance at
The mercurial Harry Kewell was responsible for both United goals while Rio Ferdinand and David Batty were outstanding as David O'Leary's side maintained the pressure on the leaders. The win was only marred by a serious injury to Olivier Dacourt, who dislocated his shoulder after a heavy challenge from Tugay. Alan Smith and Seth Johnson were missing from the starting line-up and O'Leary was down to the bare bones.
players that featured at Ewood only Gary Kelly, Ian Harte, Jason Wilcox, Mark Viduka
and Michael Duberry remained part of the
winger Gary Kelly was responsible for carving out the second goal. Kelly
produced a wonderful far-post cross for Harry Kewell
to head beyond the reach of Rovers goalkeeeper Brad Friedel. That looked like game, set and match until Henning
Berg set up a tense finale when he poked the ball home from close range to
reduce the arrears.
The win kept
them in good shape and with a triple festive bonanza on home soil, David
O'Leary was hoping for the perfect Christmas. He said: "We now have three
games coming up at
Harry Kewell finishes off a fine run by beating Brad Friedel to score the first goal
Harry Kewell celebrates the second with the creator, Gary Kelly, and Ian Harte and Robbie Fowler
David Batty leaves Alan Mahon behind
Mark Viduka found Brad Friedel in defiant mood and several times the keeper stopped him from scoring
Harry Kewell got both
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Alan Smith and Seth Johnson were missing for
†Only Mark Viduka, Michael Duberry, Jason Wilcox
Gary Kelly and Ian Harte were around at Leeds more than a year or so later†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Brad Friedel performed well in goal for Blackburn
†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Lucas Neill and John Curtis were the full-backs with Henning Berg and Craig Short in central defence
David Dunn, Alan Mahon, Tugay and Damien Duff
were the starting
Keith Gillespie and Matt Jansen were the strikers †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Corrado Grabbi and Nils-Eric Johansson were used as substitutes
Alan Kelly, Mark Hughes and Egil Ostenstad were unused substitutes