Leeds United FC FA Carling Premiership
Game 21: Sunday 28 December 1997

Leeds United 1 - 1 Aston Villa

(Half-time: 0 - 0)

Crowd: 36287
Referee: D J Gallagher (Banbury)
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Match Facts
  Teams Unused Subs
Leeds Martyn, Robertson, Radebe, Wetherall, Wallace, Hasselbaink, Ribeiro (Lilley 5), Bowyer, Kewell, Maybury, Molenaar Halle, Jackson, McPhail, Beeney
Aston Villa Bosnich, Staunton, Ehiogu, Taylor, Draper, Milosevic, Wright, Nelson, Grayson, Scimeca, Byfield (Walker 90) Charles, Hendrie, Collins, Oakes
  Scorers Other Info
Leeds Hasselbaink 79  
Aston Villa Milosevic 85  
  Yellow Cards Red Cards
Leeds    
Aston Villa Draper, Staunton, Byfield  

Match Statistics
  Leeds Aston Villa
Corners won 10 4
Fouls committed 13 12
Hit woodwork 0 0
Offsides committed 6 5
Shirt numbers of goalscorers 9 9
Yellow cards 0 3
Red cards 0 0

Match Reports
Fans' Reports
Voice of Football We're boring again
John Tomlinson Villa game
Newspaper/Newswire Reports
The Guardian Villa's Eurocrats can timewaste for Britain
The Times Milosevic earns Villa late reward
The Electronic Telegraph Villa's draw low on quality
Links to Reports on the net
Soccernet Soccernet match report
Carlingnet Carlingnet match report

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We're Boring Again! - Voice of Football

Bloody shite boring crap. No movement, little passing, no urgency. Graham Out unless he can start to provide some entertainment!

Scores:-

Martyn - 7
Maybury - 6
Robertson - 7
Radebe - 8
Weatherall - 8
Molenaar - 7

Yep, nowt wrong with the defence (except there was 5 of them)!

Bowyer - 8

A good game from our midfield (all 1 of him)

Kewell - 7
Wallace - 6
Lilley - 7 (improved immensely)
JFH - 4

(poor from our 4 man forward line)

So, individually OK, collectively crap. Someone else will explain no doubt.

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Villa game - John Tomlinson

Martyn (8) - Excellent as ever.

Maybury (8) - The best I've seen him play. He worked hard and didn't look at all out of his depth. A real hope for the future.

Wetherall (9) - Really growing into the captain's role. He seems to be getting better and better. MOTM for me.

Molenaar (8) - Another great performance from Fat Bob. He has improved so much since his Blackburn business.

Robertson (7) - Again, one of his best performances to date. A few bad passes, but he really got stuck in and also made a few good passes.

Ribeiro - His game ended after 1 minute, with a tackle that Graham Poll would have applied a prison sentence for. Gallagher gave us a free kick.

Lilley (7) - The best I've seen of Lilley to date - sadly for him, Bruno's boots aren't easy to fill. He had a good game, played well with Kewell and Robertson, but wasn't ever a real force.

Kewell (7) - A quiet game on the whole, but he was frighteningly effective when he ran at the defence. I think he was (understandably) tired.

Bowyer (7) - A few really great passes - his ball to Jimmy cut the Villa defence in two, but there were far too many loose ones. I think he's trying too hard to do too much - he knows Leeds needs a playmaker and he's trying to fill those boots.

Radebe (8) - Not his best game, but I don't think midfield is his position. Great ball winner, broke up many a Villa attack and was never satisfied if they had the ball.

Wallace (7) - Ran a lot and caused the Villa defence a few problems but was never really a potent threat.

Hasselbaink (7) - Worked hard but missed a golden opportunity. A good goal but he needs to work on his celebratory flip - he doesn't look entirely steady on his landing.

Generally (7) - Villa could have won if they'd arrived at SOTG with any purpose. The Grauniad said that Leeds were there for the taking, and I think they were right.

The midfield is normally Kelly-Haaland-Hopkin-Ribeiro so obviously Lilley-Radebe-Kewell-Bowyer was a bit of a stopgap midfield.

Aston Villa (5) - The most cynical dull timewasting lazy nonsense I've ever seen. The fact that we didn't beat them was because they were good enough to win but weren't interested in doing so.

Referee (6) - He did book Staunton for timewasting eventually - but much too late in the game for it to make any difference. He was lenient, and I would prefer that to that fool Graham Poll, but he should have taken more control of the game than he did.

Crowd (10) - Excellent atmosphere. The best I've experienced at ER this season.

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Villa's Eurocrats can timewaste for Britain - David Hopps

Copy from Football Guardian of 29/12/1997.
Read the full report in The Football Guardian

There have been many excruciating days on the George Graham path to fulfilment and no doubt there will be many more to come. This was a largely unappealing contest between a Leeds side of limited means and an Aston Villa side of sparse ambition. It was hard to determine which was the most unappealing.

Leeds are making colourless progress. They have already scored more goals than they did throughout the whole of last season and one more yesterday at least maintained a top-six Premiership position that few had imagined possible at the start of the season.

© Guardian Media Group plc

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