Competition: Second Division.
Referee: Mr K. P.
Leeds Unitedís home game with
After being beaten 5-2 on the opening day of the season by
Newcastle United at St Jamesí Park, United needed a victory over
Describing his late entry into the fray as Ďa great managerial decisioní Vinnie said, ďThe manager told me to go out and go for it and it paid off.Ē Explaining his decision to send Vinnie on, the United manager said ďIt was a crazy situation in some ways but we were having so much of the ball in their half, I thought Vinnie might just get in on a centre.Ē
United deserved their victory, but the goal that decided it made a mockery of the graft, commitment and skill that the two strong looking teams had packed into the previous eighty-nine minutes. Soft as it was, the goal enabled United to get their promotion push off the launching pad at the second attempt.
United again adopted a positive approach, but unlike at Newcastle on the previous Saturday, there was greater defensive stability, with Mel Sterland showing up to good effect at right back, Chris Fairclough and Peter Haddock doing well against attackers Peter Davenport and Bernie Slaven and Mike Whitlow handling the speedy Stuart Ripley with a degree of authority.
Gordon Strachanís class was in evidence and John Hendrieís speed and directness frequently troubled the Boro defence. Mickey Thomasí energy and commitment was there for all to see, but no one worked harder than David Batty, who brought off some timely tackles and was often in the thick of the action.
In front of a 25,000 crowd desperate to see United do well, Howard Wilkinsonís men had got off to a flying start when Bobby Davison scored with an acutely angled shot after he outpaced Boro defender Tony Mowbray. The goal gave United a clear edge but Boro managed to hold out and in the seventy-fifth minute they hit back when Mervyn Day punched Parkinsonís free-kick straight to Alan Comfort, who struck a dipping shot from near the edge of the penalty area and into the net off the underside of the bar. Then with Boro believing they had earned a point, came that late bizarre last minute winner for United.
Bobby Davison got Unitedís
first goal† ††Alan Comfort scored the Boro
Jones caused havoc for his short debut.
deflected his cross to Gary Parkinson who in turn chipped it past Kevin Poole
Chris Fairclough and
Peter Haddock kept Peter Davenport and Bernie Slaven
Mike Whitlow handled the pace of Stuart
Nicky Mohan and Trevor Putney were new in the Boroí defence ††††††††††Gordon Strachan
and John Hendrie troubled the Boro
Mickey Thomas and David Batty worked hard but Mervyn Day was at fault for the Boro
Sterland was strong in defence