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Declan's "Last Five", Leeds (A) 4.11.01

Here is Declan Mulcahy's "Last Five"

THE LAST FIVE SEASONS:
LEEDS UNITED (AWAY)


P  W  D  L  F  A
5  0  1  4  3  7

Played in all five games, Tottenham: Carr, Leeds: Martyn, Bowyer

Spurs drew this fixture five seasons ago but have lost the last four. Last year was a high scoring game and it was the only one of the five in which Spurs scored. Leeds have not lost a Premiership game this season nor have they conceded a goal at home. Following are the details of the last five games.

Saturday 30 September 2000
Leeds United (0) 4
Viduka 52, 55, Smith 59, 64
Tottenham Hotspur (1) 3
Rebrov 37, 74, Perry 60

Leeds United (4-4-2):
N Martyn; G Kelly, L Radebe (capt) (D Hay 45), D Mills, I Harte; L Bowyer, E Bakke, O Dacourt (S McPhail 36), D Matteo; M Viduka (M Bridges 81), A Smith.
Substitutes not used: D Huckerby, P Robinson.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2):
N Sullivan; S Carr, C Perry, R Vega, B Thatcher; S Iversen, T Sherwood (capt), S Freund, O Leonhardsen; L Ferdinand (D Anderton 30), S Rebrov.
Substitutes not used: I Walker, S Clemence, A Thelwell, J Dominguez.
Booked: S Iversen, R Vega.

Attendance: 37,562
Referee: N Barry (Scunthorpe).

Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), David O'Leary (Leeds United)

Spurs lost by the odd goal in seven, six of which were scored in a twenty two minute period between the 52nd and the 74th minutes.

Leeds had the first opportunities but neither Viduka or Smith were on target. Then Rebrov had a shot. Sherwood and Carr set up Leonhardsen whose shot was deflected for a corner.

Harte took a free kick from 25 yards out. It took a deflection which left Sullivan out of position but went wide. After half an hour the injury prone Ferdinand was replaced by Anderton, after a clash of heads with Radebe. Soon after Dacourt was injured for Leeds and played no further part in the game.

Spurs took the lead after 37 minutes. Iversen passed to Carr who crossed for Rebrov who was about 20 yards out. His shot was not that hard but well placed and found the net. Martyn should really have saved it.

Seven minutes into the second half the goal avalanche began. Bowyer crossed the ball and Sullivan failed to deal with it properly. He knocked it against the post where it rebounded to Viduka who scored. Three minutes later Kelly took a shot which Viduka deflected away from Sullivan into the corner of the net. Shortly afterwards Iversen had a long shot which Martyn saved.

After 59 minutes Leeds scored their third goal in seven minutes to make the score 3-1. Carr fouled Smith. Bowyer took the resultant free kick from which Smith scored with a header. One minute later Spurs were awarded a free kick in the Leeds half on the left. Anderton crossed and Perry beat every one to head the ball into the net.

Four minutes later Leeds went 4-2 ahead. Bowyer took a corner and Smith was not challenged as he headed the ball home. Leeds had an opportunity to increase their lead further after 69 minutes. Smith had two shots blocked. Then Matteo crossed and Smith hit the bar.

The final goal which brought Spurs back to 3-4 was scored after 74 minutes. An Anderson corner was headed down to Rebrov. He executed an overhead kick. The ball crossed the goal line before being cleared by a Leeds player. However the goal was correctly given.

Bridges replaced Viduka late in the game and had an opportunity from a through ball but Sullivan made a fine save. Sherwood and Anderton both had opportunities in the closing minutes but could not score. So Spurs lost 4-3 thanks to a poor defensive performance.

Saturday 12 February 2000
Leeds United (1) 1
Kewell 23
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 0

Leeds United (4-4-2):
N Martyn; G Kelly (capt), M Duberry, JWoodgate, I Harte; E Bakke (A I Haaland 86min), L Bowyer, M Jones, J Wilcox; A Smith, H Kewell (D Huckerby 69)
Substitutes not used: P Robinson, D Mills, A Maybury.
Booked: L Bowyer, G Kelly, M Jones.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-3-2-1):
I Walker; S Carr, C Perry, S Campbell (capt), M Taricco; D Anderton, T Sherwood, S Clemence (A Nielsen 73); W Korsten, D Ginola (J Dominguez 78); C Armstrong.
Substitutes not used: E Baardsen, J Scales, L Young.
Booked: S Clemence, T Sherwood, C Armstrong, M Taricco, D Anderton.

Attendance: 40,127
Referee: D Gallagher (Banbury)

Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), David O'Leary (Leeds)

Leeds won thanks to a first half goal by Kewell. However the game will be remembered primarily for a 22 man melee in the second half after a bad foul by Bowyer. Eight players received yellow cards during the game.

The early action did not produce any shots. Then Smith turned quickly and shot which produced a good save from Walker. After 22 minutes set up Armstrong with a fine pass but he was unable to do anything constructive.

One minute later the only goal of the game was scored. Woodgate headed the ball from the half way line over the Spurs defenders. It fell to Kewell who easily went round the advancing Walker and despite Campbell's attention steered the ball into the empty net.

Soon after Kewell again got around Campbell and Walker made a fine save from the resultant shot. Smith had an opportunity from a Harte corner but shot over the bar. He had another chance after getting the better of Perry but shot across the goal with Walker beaten. Carr set up Armstrong before half time but his shot went well wide.

Just after half time the game erupted. Bowyer inflicted a nasty two footed tackle on Clemence. In the angry scenes that followed all twenty two players including the goalkeepers became involved. While Bowyer should probably have received a red card he escaped with a yellow.

The unsavoury incidents continued. Smith elbowed Taricco in the neck while Wilcox stamped on Ginola.

A Leeds free kick after 58 minutes was headed down by Kewell and again Walker made a good save. Armstrong had a header from a Carr cross which Martyn saved. Leeds exerted more pressure for the remainder of the game but could not score.

Both teams were subsequently fined by the FA for the unseemly events which had littered the game.

Wednesday 10 March 1999
Leeds United (1) 2
Smith 42, Kewell 68.
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 0

Leeds United (4-4-2):
N Martyn; J Woodgate, D Wetherall, L Radebe, I Harte; A-I Haaland, D Batty, I Bowyer, A Smith; H Kewell, J-F Hasselbaink.
Subs not used: C Wijnhard, G Halle, S McPhail, M Jones, P Robinson.
Booked: D Batty, A-I Haaland.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2):
I Walker; S Carr, S Campbell (capt), L Young, J Edinburgh; D Anderton (A Nielsen 75), T Sherwood, S Freund, D Ginola (A Sinton 75); S Iversen (L Ferdinand 75), C Armstrong.
Subs not used: R Vega, E Baardsen.
Booked: T Sherwood, S Freund, L Young.

Attendance: 34,521
Referee: N Barry (Scunthorpe) (replaced by Stephen Lodge due to injury after 83 minutes)

Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), David O'Leary (Leeds)

Spurs had recently eliminated Leeds from the FA Cup. This was Spurs first defeat in ten league games though many of these had been draws. If the cup games were included it was the first defeat in sixteen games. It was Leeds fourth successive Premiership victory. It was the third game between these two clubs in four weeks after the drawn cup game and replay.

Spurs simply did not play well in this game and Leeds took full advantage. Haaland had two early efforts for Leeds. One was blocked and the other went wide. Hasselbaink also shot wide. After twelve minutes Spurs had a chance when Freund and Carr combined to set up Armstrong. His shot was saved by Martyn.

Bowyer was loose close to the Spurs penalty area and was closing in on the goal when Sherwood fouled him and was booked. Hasselbaink put the resultant free kick wide. Then Walker dropped a cross from Harte and there was a scramble in the area before the ball was cleared.

From a Spurs counter attack Armstrong set up Sherwood but his shot was saved by Martyn. Shortly after the half hour mark Batty passed to Kewell who hit the post but was ruled offside. After 39 minutes Smith centred for Hasselbaink but Spurs were saved by a timely tackle by Carr.

Then Anderton put in a cross from the left but Martyn saved Sherwood's shot. The ball was cleared to the Spurs' half. Kewell went round Young on the right side of the box. His shot was saved but Walker could only deflect in the Smith following up shot high into the net although Carr was guarding the goal line.

Spurs had another opportunity before half time. Ginola crossed from the right. Martyn saved in succession from Sherwood and Iversen.

Leeds continued to dominate in the second half. Six minutes into the half Freund was pressured by Haaland and gave up the ball. Haaland put Hasselbaink clear. However Walker raced out to clear the ball.

Leeds went 2-0 up after 68 minutes. Smith set up Haaland on the right wing. He crossed and Kewell ghosted past Carr and Young to head the ball home. After 75 minutes Graham made a triple substitution for Spurs which upped the Spurs' tempo a little. Carr crossed to Armstrong and Martyn tipped his effort over the bar. Martyn then dropped the ball from the corner. There was a scramble and Nielsen had a couple of shots but could not force the ball home.

With seven minutes to go the referee Neale Barry was injured and was replaced by the fourth official Stephen Lodge.

Wednesday 4 March 1998
Leeds United (1) 1
Kewell 45
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 0

Leeds United (4-4-2):
N Martyn; A Maybury, R Molenaar, M Hiden, I Harte; G Halle, L Bowyer, D Hopkin, H Kewell; J F Hasselbaink (L Matthews 88), R Wallace (S McPhail 88).
Subs Not Used: M Jones, M Jackson, M Beeney.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2):
E Baardsen; S Carr, R Vega, S Campbell (capt), C Wilson (N Fenn 82); R Fox, N Berti (G Brady 71), D Howells (M Saib 59), A Nielsen; J Klinsmann, D Ginola.
Subs Not Used: C Calderwood, F Grodas.
Booked: N Berti, D Howells.

Attendance: 31,394
Referee: P E Alcock (Redhill).

Managers: Christian Gross (Tottenham), George Graham (Leeds United)

Leeds had the better of the game creating more chances although Spurs played well in the first half. Overall it was not a very exciting game.

Hasselbaink had a couple of opportunities for Leeds. One shot was deflected for a corner while another was deflected by Baardsen.

Ginola had a run down the left wing before crossing to Klinsmann who was at the near post but his effort hit the side netting. Then a Berti header set up Nielsen who was unmarked in the box. He took a good shot but Martyn made an outstanding save. Spurs had another chance when Harte fell over allowing Fox free in the penalty area. He shot across the face of the goal and Howells narrowly missed connecting with it.

Leeds took the lead right on the stroke of half time. Bowyer passed to Rod Wallace on the right wing. He crossed into the box where Kewell had made a run and he headed the ball past Baardsen.

Leeds had the better of the second half. Hasselbaink shrugged off Vega before unleashing a shot. Baardsen made a diving save but could not hold the ball. However there was no Leeds player following up. Halle set up Hasselbaink for another chance. Baardsen dived at his feet and touched the ball though the home crowd was calling for a penalty as Hasselbaink went down.

Kewell and Hopkin had opportunities but finished poorly. Leeds continued to waste chances. Five minutes before the end Halle beat the Spurs defence but his shot was weak. Then Hasselbaink set up Bowyer but he did no better. Then Kewell shot straight at Baardsen when free on the edge of the box. The last opportunity fell to Klinsmann but he too shot wide.

Saturday 14 December 1996
Leeds United (0) 0
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 0

Leeds United (5-3-2):
N Martyn; G Kelly, C Palmer, P Beesley, L Radebe, G Halle; L Bowyer, R Wallace (H Kewell 74), M Ford (M Jackson 63); B Deane, I Rush
Subs Not Used: D Wetherall, I Harte, M Beeney
Booked: N Martyn, P Beesley

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2):
I Walker; S Carr, S Campbell, C Calderwood, C Wilson; R Fox, A Neilsen, D Howells, A Sinton; E Sheringham (capt), S Iversen.
Subs Not Used: S Nethercott, J Edinburgh, J Dozzell, E Baardsen, R Allen Booked: E Sheringham, A Nielsen

Attendance: 33,783
Referee: P Durkin (Portland)

Managers: Gerry Francis (Tottenham), George Graham (Leeds United)

This was a fairly poor game with not a lot of opportunities on a cold day. There was a slight edge as Spurs had just signed John Scales from Liverpool from under Leeds' noses but he did not feature in the game. Overall Spurs had the better game but could not convert their chances into a victory.

Spurs dominated the first half but were unable to score. After seventeen minutes Nielsen got into the Leeds box but was prevented from shooting by a timely intervention by Beesley. Martyn advanced to block Sheringham which resulted in some pushing and both were booked.

Then Halle crossed from the left for Leeds. Gary Kelly had a diving header which brought a diving save from Walker. Campbell set up Nielsen who ran through and shot but Martyn reached the ball near the post. Nielsen crossed for Fox whose header beat Martyn but hit the post.

Leeds had an opportunity when they broke quickly setting up Wallace whose shot was right at Walker. The ball rebounded but Rush was unable to capitalise on it.

The second half belonged mainly to Spurs. Howells hit the bar following a Fox corner. Sheringham missed a number of opportunities. He took two free kicks both of which went over the bar. Two other chances went a begging once after a mistake by Radebe and the other after Fox set him up. Carr and Fox combined to put Nielsen through but he shot wide. Fox was brought down in the box but referee Durkin did not award a penalty.

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