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West Ham United

Premier League
Game 13: Sunday 10 November 2002

West Ham United 3 - 4 Leeds United
(Half-time: 1 - 4)
Crowd: 33297
Referee: S Dunn (Bristol)
Leeds United
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Match Facts
West Ham United Team Leeds United
David James   Paul Robinson
Nigel Winterburn   Gary Kelly
Ian Pearce   Teddy Lucic
Subbed - 45 minutes Booked - 37 minutes Tomas Repka   Ian Harte
Christian Dailly   Lucas Radebe
Subbed - 51 minutes Steve Lomas   Eirik Bakke Booked - 22 minutes
Booked - 16 minutes Joe Cole   Lee Bowyer Booked - 82 minutes
Michael Carrick   Nick Barmby Goal - 11 minutes
Goal - 74 minutes Trevor Sinclair   Jason Wilcox Subbed - 84 minutes
Booked - 52 minutes Goal - 21 minutes Penalty - 50 minutes Paolo Di Canio   Harry Kewell Goal - 28 minutes Goal - 41 minutes Subbed - 90 minutes
Jermain Defoe   Mark Viduka Goal - 45 minutes Booked - 37 minutes Subbed - 77 minutes
Raimond Van der Gouw   Nigel Martyn
Sub - 45 minutes Booked - 60 minutes Sebastian Schemmel   Michael Duberry
Scott Minto   James Milner Sub - 84 minutes
Sub - 51 minutes Booked - 80 minutes Edouard Cissé   Stephen McPhail Sub - 90 minutes
Titi Camara   Michael Bridges Sub - 77 minutes
Match Reports
Gaffer My view from the armchair
BBC Leeds win Upton Park thriller
The Guardian Roeder rescued but danger still threatens
The Independent Homecoming gifts ease the pressure on Venables Leeds hang on as pressure grows on Roeder
The Sporting Life West Ham United 3 - 4 Leeds United
The Electronic Telegraph West Ham pay for woeful defending
The Times Roeder walking tightrope
Yorkshire Evening Post Backs-to-wall job as a nervy United hold out to ease pressure on El Tel

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My view from the armchair - Gaffer

Did my eyes deceive me, or were we playing 4-4-2?! Wilcox and Barmby were way out wide, and what a difference it made (admittedly against the poorest defence I've ever seen). To keep it brief:

Robbo - 6 - should've held the shot for the first goal ("he saw it late" said a commentator - rubbish! There was nobody even in the area!). Looked decidedly ill-at-ease - but then again, behind that defence, who wouldn't?
Kelly - 5 - should join Donaghadee United.
Lucas - 7 - looked more comfortable than last match
Lucic - 7 - very assured performance
Harte - 5 - seems to think that jogging alongside a player is all that is required, rather than tackling or marking properly.
Bakke - 5 - anonymous - what shape is his head, that the ball bounces off at any angle other than goalwards?
Barmby - 6 - faded badly, but at least he scored.
Wilcox - 7 - looked tired at the end, but gave good width and played well. Must start next match
Bowyer - 7 - that's a little bit more like it - made a few good challenges (esp the one for Kewell's second), and ran a lot
Kewell - 7 - two good goals, but faded again.
Viduka - 5 - sorry, I can't understand the plaudits for this game - I thought his touch (normally his best point) was awful - he gave the ball away so many times, and the only reason he got his goal was because he couldn't be bothered to get onside! Really, I've never seen him look SO unfit. I have no bee in my bonnet about him, but yesterday he was rubbish.

Trois points - that's the most important thing.

Roeder rescued but danger still threatens - Jon Brodkin

Copy from Football Unlimited of 11/11/2002.

Glenn Roeder looked so certain to be heading for the sack at half-time yesterday that it would be understandable if West Ham's directors had discussed possible successors over their Bovril. The team were 4-1 down and defending so ineptly that the end for the manager seemed inevitable. By the finish Roeder's job appeared safe again - at least until after Manchester United visit on Sunday.

Booed off at the interval, West Ham were applauded at the end. They did not overturn that three-goal deficit - though they made enough chances - and are in serious trouble, sitting in the bottom three and still without a home win. Yet the spirit of their second-half display, aided by panicky Leeds defending that borrowed from West Ham's earlier efforts, has surely earned Roeder a reprieve.

While Terry Venables must be grateful to West Ham's initial ineptitude and some enterprising Leeds attacking in the first half for easing the pressure on him, Roeder should thank Paolo di Canio more than anyone. The Italian does not know whether he has a future at Upton Park but that hardly prevents him giving everything to the cause.

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