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Premier League
Game 20: Thursday 26 December 2002

Sunderland 1 - 2 Leeds United
(Half-time: 1 - 0)
Crowd: 44029
Referee: M Dean (Wirral)
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Match Facts
Sunderland Team Leeds United
Jürgen Macho   Paul Robinson
Stephen Wright   Danny Mills
Michael Gray   Gary Kelly
Phil Babb   Teddy Lucic
Jody Craddock   Ian Harte Subbed - 58 minutes
Subbed - 82 minutes Paul Thirlwell   Eirik Bakke
Gavin McCann   Paul Okon
Kevin Kilbane   Jason Wilcox
Subbed - 82 minutes Tore Andre Flo   Harry Kewell
Subbed - 82 minutes Goal - 34 minutes Michael Proctor   Alan Smith Subbed - 36 minutes
Kevin Phillips   Mark Viduka Booked - 12 minutes Subbed - 76 minutes
Michael Ingham   Nigel Martyn
Sub - 82 minutes George McCartney   Michael Duberry Sub - 58 minutes
Joachim Björklund   Seth Johnson
Sub - 82 minutes Kevin Kyle   James Milner Goal - 51 minutes Sub - 36 minutes
Sub - 82 minutes Marcus Stewart   Robbie Fowler Penalty - 80 minutes Sub - 76 minutes
Match Reports
Ed Watkinson Sunderland scores on the doors
BBC Leeds sink Sunderland
The Guardian Milner brings edgy Leeds back to life
The Independent Milner's piece of history offers Leeds hope for the future Milner makes history as Leeds make ground
The Sporting Life Sunderland 1 - 2 Leeds United
The Electronic Telegraph Milner makes history in Leeds comeback
The Times Milner, 16, puts spring back into stride of Venables
Yorkshire Evening Post Milner sparkles at Stadium of Light as Venables' men show character

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Sunderland scores on the doors - Ed Watkinson

Robinson 9

Kelly 2
Mills 7
Lucic 6
Harte 4 (Duberry 1)

Smith 7 (Milner 9)
Okon 4
Bakke 5
Wilcox 4

Viduka 5 (Fowler 8)
Kewell 7

Stadium 9

Pitch 4

The thing about Sunderland is that they are collectively and individually very poor - but for the first hour or so we more than matched them. (Indeed when Duberry came on we achieved new levels.)

Milner brings edgy Leeds back to life - Mark Redding

Copy from Football Unlimited of 27/12/2002.

Leeds United at last managed to put some daylight between themselves and the relegation dogfight, but they had the diminutive figure of James Milner to thank for dragging them back into a game in which they were very much second best.

Milner became the youngest goalscorer in the Premiership when he slithered in to meet a wicked cross from Jason Wilcox just after half-time, but more important to the visitors was the confidence he restored in them. They had been wilting visibly during the first half.

Terry Venables, whose day was made by a late penalty winner from Robbie Fowler, must now think his luck is beginning to turn. Injuries had robbed him of Jonathan Woodgate - which meant he had to pair two full-backs, Danny Mills and Teddy Lucic, in central defence - and Lee Bowyer, who had an ankle injury and was left out of the squad altogether.

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