Competition: English Premier League.
Referee: R.G. Milford (
The pace set by Manchester United during the 1993-94 Premiership season was impossible to match, but Leeds United's pursuit of the eventual champions was highly commendable. Seven wins from nine games at
Manchester United took forty-nine points from their first twenty fixtures, and when
Howard Wilkinson's side hit the woodwork, and they were so dominant at times that
Scottish keeper made his first impression when he reacted brilliantly to flick
Tony Dorigo's twenty-five-yard strike over the
crossbar, and that save set the tone for the rest of the match. Norwich had
earlier seen Efan Ekoku
denied by Mark Beeney's smothering block, and Ekoku failed to punish a moment of poor defending from
Leeds when he drove a shot wide of Beeney's post ten
minutes before half-time.
But United's keeper was beaten with the interval approaching
when Chris Sutton's shot found the net via the post. Gunn produced another
impressive save to deny Brian Deane, and Rod Wallace smashed the ball against
the post after Tony Dorigo's low effort had been
parried by Gunn. The dam eventually burst in the sixty-seventh minute, however,
when Gordon Strachan and Gary McAllister created
space for Wallace, who beat Gunn with a clinical finish on the turn.
The goal should have inspired a turnaround but, with nine minutes remaining, City were given the chance to steal three points when Mark Beeney spilled Efan Ekoku's shot, leaving the striker with the simple job of poking home the loose ball.
Chris Sutton and Gary McAllister Rod Wallace and Rob Newman Ian Culverhouse and Steve Hodge
Chris Sutton and Efan Ekoku scored the
Gary McAllister and Gordon Strachan made the Tony Dorigo and Brian Deane were both denied by excellent saves by Bryan Gunn
Gunn was brilliant in the
Ian Culverhouse and Colin Woodthorpe were the full-backs Rob Newman and Spencer Prior were the centre-backs
Ruel Fox, David Smith, Mark Bowen and Gary Megson were the
Efan Ekoku and Chris Sutton were the