FA Carling Premiership
Blackburn Rovers 1 - 0 Leeds United
(Half-time: 1 - 0)
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|Leeds||Martyn, Halle, Haaland, Woodgate (Smith HT), Wetherall, Granville, Bowyer, Hopkin, Kewell, Ribeiro (McPhail 76), Hasselbaink||Wijnhard, Jackson, Robinson|
|Blackburn Rovers||Filan, Kenna, Henchoz, Broomes, Davidson, Gillespie, Mckinlay, Sherwood, Wilcox, Duff (Dunn 25), Ward||Peacock, Blake, Croft, Fettis|
|Blackburn Rovers||Gillespie 22|
|Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|Leeds||Bowyer, Haaland, Wetherall|
|Blackburn Rovers||Sherwood, Wilcox, Filan||Sherwood 25|
|Shirt numbers of goalscorers||?||?|
|The Guardian||Rovers rewarded for new resilience|
|The Electronic Telegraph||Kidd's fighters shut out Leeds|
|The Times||Ewood Park raises a glass to the Rovers' return|
|The Sunday Times||Sherwood red card takes shine off Rovers victory|
|Express Sport||Kidd's men tame Leeds youngsters|
|The Independent on Sunday||Rovers survive siege of Ewood|
|The Independent||Kidd instils confidence in Rovers' united front|
|Yorkshire Evening Post||No glee for super Lee|
|Soccernet||Soccernet match report|
|Carlingnet||Carlingnet match report|
Well last long journey of the year, for us Southern-based whites, we made good time and were in the pub by the ground which was heaving with Leeds fans by quarter to one. The Leeds contingent seemed to have been swelled by a couple of coaches full of kids as we went in.
Couple of changes, Harte and Wijnhard out, Halle went into back 3 with Wetherall and Woodgate, with Haaland switching to the right. Kewell went up front so Bruno came in on the left. Started OK, but couldn't get the final pass through to the man in space a couple of times and Alfie missed a good chance. Nigel made a couple of mistakes with kicking and we were careless with our passing at the back to begin with. We paid for this after 20 minutes when Halle lost the ball and a Gillespie pea-roller trickled into the corner as Woodgate fell over the ball.
Then Bowyer and Sherwood who'd already both been booked (Bowyer's eighth of the season) clashed, Bowyer went down like he'd been shot, and Sherwood was still arguing a couple of minutes after getting the Red Card. Blackburn dropped straight back to a packed defence and I thought at the time they don't really think they can hold on for this long like that, they only had one man in the box for their next corner. Kidd was jumping up and down on the touchline to the annoyance of our lot.
O'Leary went for it at h-t, bringing Smith on for Woodgate and swapping over Halle and Haaland, we had all of the ball, Blackburn stayed back in their area and hardly even pretended to attack. Unfortunately we had no ideas, for most of the second half Wetherall was on the right-wing and Nigel was the sole defender. It was one of the most one-sided games I have ever seen, but Filan only had to make one good save. We kept trying to thread the ball through non- existant gaps and play through them when running at them or other more imaginative tactics might have worked. We had a handball claim with a minute left, on a good day we'd have got the pen, today was just bloody frustrating.
Scores - All 5 except
Kewell 6 - For at least trying something different.
Bowyer 7 - For annoying the hell out of their players and fans.
Copy from Football Unlimited of 10/01/1999.
THE COMMON FEELING in this part of Lancashire is that Brian Kidd may well be the man with the Midas touch, and a magnificent rearguard action from his players provided further evidence of Blackburn's rejuvenation under their new manager.
Not even the blow of losing Tim Sherwood for his second sending-off of the season could stop Blackburn from recording their fourth victory in a seven-match unbeaten sequence since Kidd's recent arrival. With their reckless skipper dispatched, Blackburn were forced to mount a backs-to-the-wall operation for long periods. Where they once would have crumbled, here they prospered to take maximum points.
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