Competition: English Premier League.
Referee: Mr A. Wiley (Burntwood).
Leeds United threw down the
gauntlet to the rest of the contenders for the top three with as good a display
that there has been from any team in the EPL in the entire season. To go to
Alan Smith and Olivier Dacourt, who had been rested from the previous game with
Straight away Ian Harte, Alan Smith and Danny Mills combined on the right and
only a powerful header from Stephane Henchoz prevented contact by Mark Viduka,
but from Ian Harte’s deep corner United raced to a
fourth minute lead, Rio Ferdinand burying his header into the near bottom
corner, after a series of decoy runs had fooled the defence.
Nigel Martyn then produced an acrobatic leap to turn
Danny Murphy’s well struck direct-free-kick for a corner and it had been a
highly satisfactory start for
Rio Ferdinand once again
caused chaos in the home defence from Ian Harte’s free-kick in the sixteenth minute and set up Alan
Smith for an overhead kick which just cleared the bar. When Harry Kewell was bundled off the ball by Steven Gerrard, Ian Harte’s free-kick
was whipped off Alan Smith’s head by Stephane Henchoz and the
United deservedly doubled their lead on thirty-three minutes when Harry Kewell tormented a retreating defence and slipped the ball through to an alert Lee Bowyer, whose chance looked to be slipping away when he lost his footing, but he recovered well enough to be left with the simplest of tap-ins with Liverpool apparently fast asleep.
Lee Bowyer’s neat flick gave Danny Mills a shooting chance, and he was unlucky to see it bobble wide with Sander Westerveld floundering, but United had a very handy-looking interval lead and their fate was in their own hands.
Mark Viduka had goalkeeper Sander Westerveld beaten all ends up with his shot from twelve yards, but it hit the outside of the post and bounced wide. The quick-breaking Dominic Matteo then got Mark Viduka in for a charge on goal and the big Aussie looked certain to score, but Sander Westerveld bravely dived at his feet to pull of a fine stop. Harry Kewell, who had been showing a blinding array of skills down the left blasted over from a good position but at the other end Robbie Fowler was guilty of a worse miss, shooting tamely wide with everything in his favour.
When Mark Viduka and Robbie Keane broke two-on-one in injury time, Viduka had the ball in the net only for the effort to be
ruled out by a ludicrous offside flag. United had no sorrow in disappointing
O’Leary commented,” Don’t
Lee Bowyer follows up his shot into the
Lee Bowyer listens for the Liverpool crowd’s reaction to his goal Lee Bowyer celebrates his goal with Mark Viduka
watched by Mark Viduka
Alan Smith gets in an overhead kick despite Sami Hyypia’s attention
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.
Back Row: Steve Staunton, Markus Babbel, Emile Heskey, Stephane Henchoz, Erik Meijer,
Jørgen Nielsen, Sander Westerveld, Pegguy Arphexad, Unknown, Titi Camara, Dieter 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.
Rio Ferdinand and Lee Bowyer got the Leeds goals Steven Gerrard replied for Liverpool
Alan Smith and Olivier Dacourt
returned to the
An Ian Harte corner resulted in the Nigel Martyn saved a Danny Mills’ shot bobbled wide Mark Viduka had a late ‘goal’
first goal Michael Owen volley disallowed
Batty cleaned up effectively
Harry Kewell tormented the
defence and set up the second goal made a quick break
Jason Wilcox came on as a substitute Michael Owen and Stephane Henchoz
were in the