Game 11: Saturday 31 October 1998
Derby County 2 - 2 Leeds United
(Half-time: 1 - 2)
Referee: N S Barry (Scunthorpe)
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|AS Roma »
|Robinson, Radebe (Wetherall 50), Hasselbaink (Wijnhard 76), Bowyer, Hopkin, Halle, Kewell, Harte, Woodgate, Molenaar, McPhail
|Haaland, Sharpe, Santos
|Hoult, Schnoor, Powell, Dorigo, Stimac, Sturridge (Burton 69), Wanchope, Bohinen, Laursen, Elliot (Baiano 78), Kozluk (Harper 78)
|Molenaar 16, Kewell 43
|Schnoor 3 (pen), Sturridge 56
|Leeds old boy Tony Dorigo plays while on loan at Derby
|Stimac, Elliot, Wanchope
|Shirt numbers of goalscorers
|Sturridge pounces to dampen Leeds' joy
|The Electronic Telegraph
|Sturridge restores pride after Derby fall
|O'Leary's young troops hit back to make their point
|The Sunday Times
|O'Leary on a learning curve
|Sturridge stems tide
|The Independent on Sunday
|Sturridge restores a perfect balance
|Radebe's loss an early blow to O'Leary
|Yorkshire Evening Post
|Soccernet match report
|Carlingnet match report
Leeds looked the part first half, Lucas had a commanding game and Harte was full of running playing for his place. Apart from giving the penalty away RM didn't put a foot wrong, he's a real grafter but his lack of pace sometimes causes problems. Jimmy's main contribution was to spin away from the impressive Stimac only to see his effort a couple of yards over the bar. Leeds deserved to go in at half time with their noses in front. Second half was completely different especially when Lucas went off early on - received a good reception from Leeds fans behind the goal - apart from Bowyer being here there and everywhere the team had lost its shape. Jimmy was a shadow and Harry Cool couldn't put his foot on the ball. In the end we were lucky to finish level, Weatherall didn't have a chance against Sturridge and substituting one clogger for another proved pointless.
Robinson's performance was encouraging as well as Bowyer's tireless efforts.
The fact the visiting spies from AS Roma would have left with plenty of food for thought will be of scant consolation to David O'Leary after watching his side squander a gilt-edged opportunity to earn him his first Premiership victory as Leeds United's manager, against opponents suddenly showing signs of vulnerability on home soil.
Despite trailing to an early goal before most of their players had even touched the ball, Leeds should have been home and dry before half-time. But they were made to pay for their profligacy as Derby fought back to earn a share of the spoils.
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