Leeds United FC

Worthington Cup
Round 3: Wednesday 13 October 1999

Leeds United 1 - 0 Blackburn Rovers

(Half-time: 0 - 0)
Crowd: 24353
Referee: J Winter (Stockton-on-Tees)

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Match Facts
  Teams Unused Subs
Leeds United Martyn, Mills, Radebe, Woodgate, Kelly, Hopkin (McPhail HT), Batty, Bakke Kewell, Smith, Bridges (Huckerby HT) Robinson, Haaland, Jones
Blackburn Rovers Filan, Johnson, Kenna, Short, Corbett, Dunn, Duff, Jansen, Taylor, Ward, Gill Kelly, Grayson, Ostenstad, Richardson, Brown
  Scorers Other Info
Leeds United Mills 89  
Blackburn Rovers    
  Yellow Cards Red Cards
Leeds United Smith  
Blackburn Rovers    

Match Statistics
  Leeds United Blackburn Rovers
Corners won ? ?
Fouls committed ? ?
Hit woodwork ? ?
Offsides committed ? ?
Shirt numbers of goalscorers 18 0
Yellow cards 1 0
Red cards 0 0

Match Reports
Fans' Reports
Nick Allen vs Blackburn
Joe Skinner Last Night
Newspaper/Newswire/Net Reports
The Guardian Mills brings belated relief
The Electronic Telegraph Filan's feats all in vain as Mills strikes
The Times Mills leaves it late to send Leeds through
Express Sport Last gasp Mills is relief for O'Leary
The Independent Mills' missile sinks Rovers
Yorkshire Evening Post Danny boy ends the Rovers' resistance
Soccernet Blackburn blitzed by Mills' late winner


vs Blackburn - Nick Allen

Shockingly bad game...shockingly poor football...won by a poor free kick - whoever had that report that said it was a thunderbolt, you are having a laugh. Mills charged at it like he was gonna launch it, he grubbed it, under a wall that conveniently jumped over the ball, and through a keeper who conveniently let it through his grasp.

Our attitude was chronic - Batty, Lucas, Woody and Kelly excepted - I've never seen so many backheels, attempted flicks, dribbling it out of defence, and Harry trying to beat that 7th defender one more time just to lose the ball again - still Blackburn were worse they came for the penalties - so they got what they deserved.

I suppose at least we got the bad game out of the system for a while.

POINTS

MARTYN -6- Nothing to do
MILLS -3- Shockingly bad defensively - constantly caught out of position he then relies on his speed to get back - and his challenges are always just a lunge.
KELLY -6- did well out of position - was worried when he went down like he'd been shot. Didn't seem to move until he'd been carried off.
WOODGATE -7- rock solid
RADEBE -7- solid as a rock
HOPKIN -3- anonymous, rightly substituted.
BATTY -7- industrious, coupled with quality passing. Even burst forward on occasion.
BAKKE -6- made the odd howler, but looks to be getting to grips with the English game.
KEWELL -5- runs fast, beats lots of men, loses the ball.
SMITH -5- battling but largely ineffective
BRIDGES -5- only played first half - looked subdued.

Subs

McPHAIL -6- Good effort and quality passing - so better than Hopkin then.
DARREN -5- runs fast, plays football like a kid in the schoolyard.

Crowd - where were you?


Last Night - Joe Skinner

I won't bother doing much of a match report because it was that bad but;

I can't believe there were only 24,300 people at ER when it was only £12. I appreciate that not everyone can afford every game but are we not top of the league?

I suppose people will be vindicated by the performance and result and I know it's only the 'worthless' cup but it could prove our only route into Europe. Why was there a full house for the Partisan game when they're not a glamour team and the result was almost in the bag. Blackburn are only just out of the premier and it was a one off tie with the possibility of extra time and penos.

Batty played well so did Lucas and Johnny, without those 3 we would have been pasted. Mills, Kewell and Bakke played okish as did Huckerby. Hopkin was toss and I wanted him off after half an hour, Bridges still won't tackle or get involved (pattern developing here) and I assume that's why he was substituted. Smith had a couple of shots but was quiet other wise, McPhail put some good passes together and I bet Alfie's well pissed off - on the way out? Kelly did OK out of position but nothing understandably went down the left all night.

A win's a win as they say in boxing, Blackburn came to defend but oddly looked great when they came forward and should have scored, especially when Jansen (who looked pretty good all night) hit the bar late on. I thought we were destined for penalties until the freekick went in.

I can't believe we missed Bowyer and Harte that much, so I'll put it down to an incredibly bad performance. We're still playing badly and winning but when are we going to start playing well? I think that either someone soon is in for a pasting (Wednesdays?) or these bad performances are going to turn into losses.

Hope they keep ticket prices down for cup games and why are we away in the next round to Leicester ? I thought it was supposed to be redrawn, when did they do that?


Mills brings belated relief - Ian Ross

Copy from Football Unlimited of 14/10/1999.

It took them some considerable time but the Premiership leaders Leeds United finally ended Blackburn's brave resistance last night.

A quite dreadful game had slipped into injury-time when the defender Danny Mills swept in a free-kick to carry Leeds through into the fourth round.

At last, a Premiership manager appeared to take seriously a tournament of waning stature. Well, on paper at least.

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