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Premier League
Game 17: Saturday 7 December 2002

Fulham 1 - 0 Leeds United
(Half-time: 1 - 0)
Crowd: 17494
Referee: P Durkin (Portland)
Leeds United
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Match Facts
Fulham Team Leeds United
Edwin Van Der Sar   Paul Robinson
Steve Finnan   Gary Kelly
Goal - 10 minutes Martin Djétou   Ian Harte Subbed - 73 minutes
Rufus Brevett   Jonathan Woodgate Booked - 90 minutes
Andy Melville   Michael Duberry
Steed Malbranque   Eirik Bakke Booked - 39 minutes
Booked - 13 minutes Sylvain Legwinski   Paul Okon
Booked - 30 minutes Sean Davis   Stephen McPhail Subbed - 57 minutes
Bjarne Goldbaek   Jason Wilcox Booked - 82 minutes
Booked - 47 minutes Pierre Womé   Alan Smith Subbed - 45 minutes
Luis Boa Morte   Michael Bridges
Maik Taylor   Nigel Martyn
Zat Knight   Danny Mills Sub - 73 minutes
Andrejs Stolcers   Teddy Lucic
Junichi Inamoto   James Milner Sub - 57 minutes
Calum Willock   Robbie Fowler Booked - 47 minutes Sub - 45 minutes
Match Reports
Rich Walker Fulham at QPR
BBC Fulham see off Leeds
The Guardian Leeds must trust the Venables road to safety
The Independent Venables on brink as passion dies away
The Observer Misery for Venables Djetou wrecks Tel's homecoming
The Sporting Life Fulham 1 - 0 Leeds United
The Sunday Times Knives out for Leeds messiah
The Electronic Telegraph Leeds going from bad to worse
The Times Djetou adds to Leeds pain
Yorkshire Evening Post More pain, no blame for fans

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Fulham at QPR - Rich Walker

Tried to remember the last time I was at QPR. I think we beat them 3-0. We were 3-0 up after 19 minutes in a league cup match and I got in the ground after 20 minutes (do you remember that Dave if you're still on this list ? - it was the "Tony Tony " match. Piss funny).

Well, what a midfield we had that day, Strachan , mcCallister , Speed and Batty . I remember Strachan coming off after 70 minutes to a standing ovasion from their fans. Strachan had pace, drive, determination, skill , passing ability, the all round midfielder player. What have we got today ? Mcphail ! I make no apologies for going on about him because he is the main reason that Leeds are where we are today - no confidece and down in the dumps. I've just finished watching Harrogate v Bristol City and Brian Tinnion the 34 left footed midfielder showed what a creative midfield player he is. Good passing, good runs , good vision and strong determination. He is in my mind twice the player that Mcphail is and he's bleeding 34 and playing in the lower leagues. Every week Tel puts blind faith in Mcphail and every week we are completely over run in midfield and we lose. It is no coincendence that every time Mcphail plays we lose. He's nothing more than a average non -league player without the fitness. Yesterday he actually had a shot on goal !! Great. He gave the ball away and was completely useless. A real liability.

Yesterday the Leeds fans were brilliant again but by the end we just couldn't stomach it any more and they sang one of the loudest Eddie Gray chants I've heard for a long time. Not that we want Eddie gray to be manager but we just want someone who can relate to the fans and knows what he is doing. Tel hasn't a clue. To be honest the confidence has completely gone now and I think even with a full squad we'd still be stuggling because its all gone pear shaped. It is no exaggeration to say that we could have lost that game 11-1. Easily. Sean Davies - good talent but not a brilliant player but what does he have ? Pace ! How quick did Fulham look ? They're a struggling team with an injury list just like ours but we made them look like Euro contenders. It's the same every week.

Bridges - tried hard on the scraps we created and should have scored. Not everything came off but I wa happy with him.

Okon - debut . Not impressed but alongside Mcphail you're always going to struggle.

Bakke - on the right wing, oh my God. Tried hard but no quality.

Defence - bleeding shambles.

Robinson - top class. I haven't seen the goal on tv but apparently he was to blame. Oh well.

Malaga on Thursday and don't forget folks we only need that win to turn our season around.

F*** that , we need to get rid of Tel to turn the season around.

Mcphail + Bakke on Thursday night anyone ? Makes you f***ing sick dunt it.

Leeds must trust the Venables road to safety - David Lacey

Copy from Football Unlimited of 09/12/2002.

Leeds United are no longer a team losing their way, they are just a losing team. And, having been appointed to restore them to the Champions League, Terry Venables' principal task now will be to keep them in the Premiership.

Always assuming he gets the time. The Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale beamed his way into the directors' box on Saturday but scowled his way out of it shortly before Venables' players trudged away from their fifth defeat in six league games, roundly beaten by a Fulham side shorn of their recognised strikers.

Smiling Pete had become pursed-lips Pete and, with Leeds having taken only five points from 11 matches since beating Manchester United in September to go second, he could be excused for not cracking a grin. Even if Malaga are beaten in the Uefa Cup at Elland Road on Thursday the immediate future will not hold out much by way of glad tidings of comfort and joy.

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Misery for Venables - Ian Ridley

Copy from Football Unlimited of 07/12/2002.

And the hits just keep on coming for Terry Venables and Leeds United. As comprehensive a one-goal defeat as is imaginable condemned him and them to their fourth consecutive Premiership defeat. How much longer the Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale, who spent much of the second half with his head buried in his hands, will allow it all to go on remains the burning question.

He got plenty of advice from the travelling fans. 'Terry, Terry, time to go,' they sang, but Venables is unlikely to quit without a financial settlement, something they can currently ill afford. 'What the f*** is going on?' they also wondered as only Paul Robinson stood between Leeds and several additions to Martin Djetou's early goal for a comfortably dominant Fulham.

Leeds's misfortunes were clear before the game, with Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka and Lee Bowyer added to the long list of injuries, meaning a first start up front in more than two years for Michael Bridges.

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