FA Carling Premiership
Game 34: Saturday 11 April 1998
Everton 2 - 0 Leeds United
(Half-time: 2 - 0)
Referee: U D Rennie (Sheffield)
|« Chelsea||Bolton Wanderers»|
|Leeds||Martyn, Kelly, Radebe, Wetherall, Hasselbaink, Bowyer, Halle, Kewell (Lilley 87), Harte, Hiden, Molenaar (Haaland 45)||Robinson, Hopkin, Jackson|
|Everton||Myhre, O'Kane, Short, Beagrie, Ball, Ferguson (Madar 73), Hutchison, Barmby (Farrelly 73), Tiler, McCann, Spencer||Gerrard, Dunne, Oster|
|Everton||Hutchison 10, Ferguson 38|
|Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|Leeds||Radebe, Bowyer, Molenaar||Radebe|
|Everton||McCann, Ferguson, O'Kane|
|Shirt numbers of goalscorers||?||?|
|Nigel Fleeman||Everton Match|
|The Guardian||Lazy Leeds hand Everton a lifeline|
|The Sunday Times||Captain leads the way for Everton|
|The Times||Gods smile on Everton's efforts|
|The Electronic Telegraph||Everton grateful for Leeds off-day|
|Links to Reports on the net|
|Soccernet||Soccernet match report|
|Carlingnet||Carlingnet match report|
Still, it could have all been different if Halle and Jimmy had scored. How they missed I'll never know ...
As for the referee, well I did say I thought he were well dodgy on Tuesday with a bias towards Everton and he was no different on Saturday was he? That said, what was Lucas doing? How embarassing too - not being able to walk after being shown the red! And whilst Ferguson is definitely a dirty thug, from where I was, admittedly "miles" away, I wasn't covinced Molenaar did not foul him and it was a dive! Oh well ...
I still think that even with 10 men we had the better of the game - it seemed to me that Everton were content with their 2-0 at half time and from then on it was always gonna be hard with 10 men ... that said, Jimmy was superb up front and if the crosses had been better in at times and if Haaland had kept that shot down - all it needed I thought was one goal, and we'd have been right back in. Then again, Everton looked lively(ish) again when Madar came on (I didn't realise Barmby was playing til I read the match report!!).
Not keen to do scores so I will give everyone the same (ooh, about 7/10 as they all tried and played well enough) and make Jimmy MOTM! At times, Hiden really impressed me though - he looks a brilliant signing.
What was the point of bringing Lilley on for only the last minute though? Not that I am saying he should necessarily have come on at all, but if he was gonna ... And given the criticism of Hopkin of late, it was interesting to hear someone around me wanting Hopkin to come on!
Overall, I thought we played OK - certainly not as depressed over the post-match beers as in previous years ... and the other results didn't really go against us did they? Well the Derby win on Monday maybe ... but what a result from Arsenal, the ol' "double whammy" - pressure on Scum *and* improving our UEFA chances!!!
Anyway, talking of beer - Sorry but I never received the messages about pubs in Liverpool (or anything from the Leeds List for that matter) til today (I was off on Thursday and no mail on Wednesday). I trust all those who went to the match also found a decent pub anyway! Did anyone go to the Poste House? Was there free food? That I'll have to visit sometime misen if there is!!!
One of these two famous old clubs will probably represent England in
Europe next season but any neutral who had wandered into Goodison Park
to complain about the noise would have been hard-pushed to work out
that the visitors were the ones in top-six contention. Everton were
beset by problems, as they have been all season, and their need was
arguably the greater, but the timidity of Leeds had to be seen to be
Needless to say, George Graham was not best pleased. After having
Lucas Radebe dismissed early on Leeds abandoned all hope, sliding to
defeat without even a murmur of protest.
Needless to say, George Graham was not best pleased. After having Lucas Radebe dismissed early on Leeds abandoned all hope, sliding to defeat without even a murmur of protest.
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