Date: Monday, 13th December 1993.

Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich.

Competition: English Premier League.

Score: Norwich City 2 Leeds United 1

Scorers: Norwich City: Sutton, Ekoko. Leeds United: Wallace.

Attendance: 16,586.


Norwich City: Gunn; Culverhouse, Woodthorpe, Prior (Ullathorne), Newman; Fox, Smith, Bowen, Megson; Sutton, Ekoko (Power). Unused Sub: Howie.

Leeds United: Beeney; Kelly, Fairclough, Wetherall, Dorigo; Strachan, Hodge, Sharp (Whelan); Wallace, Deane. Unused Subs: Newsome, Lukic.

Referee: R.G. Milford (Bristol).

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
Elland Road and a solid away record allowed Leeds to hold second place heading into December, but even an unbeaten run stretching through fifteen weeks was not enough to reel in Alex Ferguson's side.
Manchester United took forty-nine points from their first twenty fixtures, and when
Norwich City brought Leeds' outstanding sequence to an end at Carrow Road on December 13, the gap between first and second place was thirteen points.

Howard Wilkinson's side hit the woodwork, and they were so dominant at times that
Norwich goalkeeper Bryan Gunn was named man-of-the-match at the final whistle. The defeat continued United's poor run of results at Carrow Road, a stadium that had rewarded Leeds with only one win since 1976, and Wilkinson said: "You can analyse and scrutinise but at the end of the day what made the difference was luck, we didn't have it and Norwich did."

The 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.




Match Action:




Chris Sutton and Gary McAllister       Rod Wallace and Rob Newman           Ian Culverhouse and Steve Hodge






Chris Sutton and Efan Ekoku scored the Norwich goals.                      Rod Wallace replied for Leeds                     Mark Beeney smothered a shot



Gary McAllister and Gordon Strachan made the                 Tony Dorigo and Brian Deane were both denied by excellent saves by Bryan Gunn

Leeds goal



 Bryan Gunn was brilliant in the Norwich goal and denied Leeds victory                                 Robert Ullathorne came on as a substitute



 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 Norwich midfield



                  Efan Ekoku and Chris Sutton were the Norwich strikers                                                                 Lee Power was a substitute