Leeds United 1 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur
(Half-time: 0 - 0)
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|Leeds||Martyn, Harte, Wetherall, Radebe, Woodgate, Haaland (Korsten 85), Hopkin, Bowyer, Smith, Kewell, Hasselbaink||Granville, Halle, Jones, Robinson|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Walker, Carr, Young, Campbell, Edinburgh, Freund, Sherwood, Anderton (Sinton 81), Ginola (Nielsen 81), Iversen, Ferdinand||Armstrong, Vega, Baardsen|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Sherwood 53|
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|Tottenham Hotspur||Iversen, Ferdinand, Carr, Sherwood|
|Shirt numbers of goalscorers||18||?|
|Nick Allen||vs Tottenham|
|The Guardian||O'Leary fails to beat the old master|
|The Electronic Telegraph||Harte rescues Leeds' hopes and ruins Graham's return|
|The Times||O'Leary pleads case for reinforcements|
|The Sunday Times||Graham happy with his return|
|Express Sport||Old master George still has it|
|The Independent on Sunday||Day Graham got even at Leeds|
|The Independent||O'Leary's campaign for cash|
|Yorkshire Evening Post||Harte wrong-foots Spurs|
|Soccernet||Soccernet match report|
The first point that has to be made here is that I never want to hear GG or any other Spurs assocciated person whingeing about the lack of protection referees give to Ginola, again. Because they systematically booted, kicked, tripped, and went over the ball on Kewell all match.
The truth of the rest of it was, that spurs defended deep - on the edge of the box - hence we had tons of possession, in quite dangerous positions, and had a good number of shots on goal, but not many of these caused Walker any problems. The shooting was our weakest point. Spurs had much less of the ball, but had the better scoring opportunities. Right from early on, when Harte cleared a Ferdinand shot off the line. At least Harte played at left back this time, and for my money was our MOTM.
Spurs have two decent players - Campbell and Ginola. The whole of the defence is reliant upon Campbell's covering them at some point - sound familiar? - while most of their creativity comes through Ginola. Our answer to the Ginola problem was to play Lucas out of position at right back - where he looked uncomfortable, but gradually squeezed Ginola out of the game. Although his best tackle was reserved for Sinton. Running down the LWing towards Lucas, Lucas put his foot out to tackle Sinton, 5 yards before Sinton got there, and Andy obligingly ran the ball straight into Lucas's foot.
GG knew too much about our players for this to be an open "easy" flowing game. It was obvious that Spurs have been given the low down on our squad - So; Rush Martyn when he has the ball at his feet, he's a little shaky... Let Wetherall, Hopkin and Haaland have the ball cos they won't do much damage with it... keep Harte on his right foot - this one backfired - ... try and keep it away from Radebe and Woodgate... Don't let Bowyer and Harry run at you, especially around the box... Kick, and nudge Hasselbaink all match cos he doesn't like it up him.
In the replay what Leeds need to do is attack Spurs down the flanks, and at speed - run at them - swing the crosses in - they looked shaky under this kind of attack.
Their goal came from a cross on the right that either Hopkin or Sherwood got a touch on, it spooned up, and drifted into the far top corner - nothing Nige could do about it.
Ours was Harte on his own - coming in off the left wing, onto his right foot, drifted past a couple of players, and bang from about 20yards out. Bottom corner. looked like it got a slight deflection on the way in.
MARTYN -7- solid - unlucky with the goal
RADEBE - started at about 4 against Daveed, and steadily grew to a 7.
WOODGATE - 7- quiet calm and steady
WETHERALL -7- ditto
HARTE -8- he is growing in stature and self confidence, and beginning to look like a premier league left back.
HAALAND -5- ... in contrast doesn't look like a premier league anything.
HOPKIN -6- effort, without intelligence.
BOWYER -7- all action with little help from fellow midfielders.
KEWELL -8- about as dangerous as he's been all year, direct, positive - and as such was target no.1 for the butchers of WHL.
HASSELBAINK -7- whatever Da Rev might say (in absentia) he leads our forward line, is a threat, occupies a couple of defenders - kept Sol very busy - and according to Lawrenson is one of the top strikers in England and worth at least stlg10m
SMITH -7- all action again against a massed defence.
Crowd - huge noisy, and ever so slighty biased.
Referee was a disgarce.
Why did GG get a police escort of about 10 plod to and from the dug out ? I thought he said we all liked and appreciated the job he'd done for us.
Copy from Football Unlimited of 14/02/1999.
David O'Leary's debt to George Graham remains unpaid, the Leeds manager confided before kick-off, and after an inconclusive and often uninspiring 90 minutes one assumes it still does.
Whatever that means. The real debt is owed by both teams to spectators who came here expecting a thunderous cup tie, and saw nothing of the sort. On the last two occasions these teams met in the FA Cup the victors went on to win at Wembley, and though each must fancy their chances again this time, one fears it will not be a memorable final if history is about to repeat itself.
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