Leeds United FC FA Carling Premiership
Game 4: Tuesday 08 September 1998

Leeds United 3 - 0 Southampton

(Half-time: 1 - 0)

Crowd: 30637
Referee: A B Wilkie (Chester-le-Street)
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Match Facts
  Teams Unused Subs
Leeds Martyn, Hiden, Molenaar (Wetherall 75), Radebe, Harte, Hopkin, Bowyer, Haaland, Kewell, Hasselbaink, Wijnhard (Ribeiro 89) Beeney, Sharpe, Halle
Southampton Moss, Warner, Dodd, Marshall, Hiley, Ripley, Howells (Gibbens 85), Palmer, Bridge (Le Tissier 75), Hughes, Beattie (Ostenstad 79) Lundekvam, Bevan
  Scorers Other Info
Leeds Marshall (og) 38, Harte 62, Wijnhard 86 Clyde Wijnhard's first goal for Leeds
  Yellow Cards Red Cards
Leeds Wijnhard  
Southampton Palmer, Dodd, Hughes  
Match Statistics
  Leeds Southampton
Corners won 6 3
Fouls committed 9 13
Hit woodwork 0 0
Offsides committed 4 3
Shirt numbers of goalscorers 20, 8 0
Yellow cards 1 3
Red cards 0 0
Match Reports
Fans' Reports
Nick Allen vs Southampton
Newspaper/Newswire/Net Reports
The Guardian Top billing for Graham
The Electronic Telegraph Leeds pick up speed slowly to move to the top
The Times Graham's hand strengthened by rise of Leeds
Express Sport Leeds 3 - 0 Southampton
Yorkshire Evening Post Top of the League
Soccernet Soccernet match report
Carlingnet Carlingnet match report

vs Southampton - Nick Allen

We put in a professional performance to beat one of the most amazingly inept teams that I've seen at Leeds for a long time. Unless they get their defence sorted out sharpish, teams are going to start creaming Soton out of sight.

We spent the first 20 minutes or so running through their "defence" at will. This spell culminated with Clyde having a goal disallowed after he broke away from a wrestling match on the edge of the box, and then booked, presumably for playing on after the whistle - which didn't happen when Le Tiss did the same in the second half.

Which leads us onto the chronic state of the officiating. The linesman in front of the W Stand who didn't see their keeper catch the ball and land with both feet outside the penalty area, just beating Clyde to the through ball. Or the ref who allowed Palmer to stand 2 yards from a quickly taken free kick, block it, and then run off with the lose ball.

The goals :

1. Ball loops in from the right ( a Hopkin throw I think), a flick on, Jimmy collects 12 yards out at the back post on his left foot, steps inside the defender, and curls a right foot shot, which looks like its going wide, until it hits a defenders arse - roof of the net.

2. Well worked free kick on the right edge of the box - tap and stop - which Harte thunders into the top left hand corner, keeper nowhere. (He tried again about 5 minutes later from 5 yards further out, and nearly caught the keeper out again).

3. Long cross from the left (Harte?), to the back post Wetherall nod down, and Clyde nips in and thumps it into the roof of the net from 3 yards.

They never looked like scoring - I think we had one clearance off the line (Hopkin?), and that was it. We could and should have scored a lot more. The defence was solid - if unthreatened - but if the reason for prefering Molenaar to Wetherall is his distribution then this needs looking into cos his passing was shite. Whatever he loses in passing, Wetherall makes up for in the threat he poses going forward. Harte was very solid, a few awful passes apart, he did put in some great crosses and corners.

Lucas was majestic.

Alfie was anonymous. Bowyer was superb. Hopkin tackled well, and passed appalingly. Whereas Harry was our worst player, uninterested, poor control, running up dead ends and failing to deliver crosses. Suffice to say that I was heartened to see Bruno come on for the last five.

Jimmy and Clyde are beginning to gel - it looks like it might be good.

MARTYN - 6 - a spectator
HIDEN -6- steady, some good support play.
HARTE -8- his best game
MOLENAAR -6- solid - still worse than Wetherall
RADEBE -8- business as usual
HAALAND -4- pointless
HOPKIN -6- Jeckyll and Hyde
BOWYER -8- almost MOTM
KEWELL -4- needs to sort himself out
JIMMY -9- MOTM - great attitude, seems to enjoy playing alongside Clyde
CLYDE -7- getting better, unlucky not to have 2. Hard working. The goal may settle him down a bit.

Top Chants
"Guilty, Guilty, Guilty..." to you know who..
"Matt, you're a big nosed twat..." by 3 blokes behind us.

GG - lots of waving - lets hope it not goodbye.

Top billing for Graham - Ian Ross

Copy from Football Guardian of 09/09/1998.
Read the full report in The Football Guardian

The season may be too immature to yield anything other than broad hints but Leeds United are proving to be a model of consistency. A comfortable victory over Southampton extended their unbeaten start, moving them to the top of the table for the first time since they won the old First Division in 1992.

Southampton, shadow of the side which performed with such passion last year, have now lost all four of their league games; their fight for survival is already under way.

© Guardian Media Group plc

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