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Premier League
Game 21: Saturday 28 December 2002

Leeds United 2 - 0 Chelsea
(Half-time: 2 - 0)
Crowd: 40122
Referee: G P Barber (Tring)
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Match Facts
Leeds United Team Chelsea
Paul Robinson   Ed De Goey
Danny Mills   William Gallas Own goal - 30 minutes
Gary Kelly   Albert Ferrer Subbed - 45 minutes
Teddy Lucic   Graeme Le Saux
Jonathan Woodgate   Marcel Desailly
Subbed - 85 minutes Eirik Bakke   Mario Stanic
Booked - 78 minutes Paul Okon   Jody Morris
Jason Wilcox   Frank Lampard
Subbed - 31 minutes Harry Kewell   Jesper Gronkjaer Subbed - 45 minutes
Booked - 37 minutes Alan Smith   Gianfranco Zola
Subbed - 82 minutes Mark Viduka   Eidur Gudjohnsen
Nigel Martyn   Lenny Pidgeley
Michael Duberry   Celestine Babayaro
Sub - 85 minutes Seth Johnson   John Terry
Sub - 31 minutes Goal - 45 minutes James Milner   Enrique De Lucas Sub - 45 minutes
Sub - 82 minutes Robbie Fowler   Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink Sub - 45 minutes
Match Reports
Ed Morrish It's Getting Better
BBC Chelsea crash to Leeds
The Guardian Milner fills Leeds with teen spirit
The Independent Milner damages the Chelsea title dream
The Observer Magical Milner Woodgate and Milner give Chelsea the Blues
The Sporting Life Leeds United 2 - 0 Chelsea
The Sunday Times Tel boy strikes again to lift Leeds
The Electronic Telegraph Milner makes mark again
The Times Boy band prove smash hit on big stage
Yorkshire Evening Post Rising star Milner is the icing on resurgent United's tasty festive cake

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It's Getting Better - Ed Morrish

The thing that stood out most from this game was the commitment and passion shown by the players. Whereas at times this season it has sometimes looked as if they didn't care, they worked incredibly hard for the duration. Still areas to improve - of couse - such as first time passing, and the central midfield does look weak, but there seems to be enough about this side to steer us well clear of relegation if nothing else. And I thought we were going to get beat!

How many more games does ET have to win to keep his job now then? And how am I getting to the Birmingham game?


Robinson: 8. Did nothing wrong all game.
Kelly: 8. Best performance of the season so far.
Mills: 7. Good covering.
Woodgate: 9. Virtuoso performance.
Lucic: 6. As a natural centre-half, got dragged out of position too easily, also didn't really help the attack down the left (he's right-footed, apparently), but tackled well and cut out several chances.

Smith: 6. Lucky not to get sent off late on, but worked hard and ran intelligently.
Bakke: 6. Would have been a 5 for his relatively poor passing, but worked hard and covered a lot of ground, showing more resistance in midfield than he has previously this season.
(SUB Johnson: 6. Not on pitch for long enough to do owt wrong.)
Okon: 6. Anchored the midfield very well, but let down the attacking side on a couple of occasions.
Wilcox: 8. Started mis-placing passes late on (was he tired?), but was creative throughout and covered his ground.

Viduka: 9. Best performance in months. Held the ball up supremely. Shame the rest of the team couldn't join him quick enough to support him - did they think he was going to skin the defence?
(SUB Fowler: 6. Did nothing wrong in the fifteen-odd minutes he had.)
Kewell: 7. Worked hard and created a good chance in the first half hour before being knobbled by Bakke. Probably accidentally.
(SUB Milner: 9. How exciting is this lad?)

Milner fills Leeds with teen spirit - Daniel Taylor

Copy from Football Unlimited of 30/12/2002.

Milner mania is yet to sweep the nation like the Wayne Rooney show and it has not reached the stage where Sky has got "a camera up his nose", as David Moyes puts it, but James Milner has shown enough of his precocious talent to suggest it is not going to be a passing fad.

Five days shy of his 17th birthday, the fledgling striker with sixth-form stubble and a post-match milkshake is two months younger and much slighter than Everton's wunderkind, but shares the same intrepid streak, a disregard for reputations and a fondness for embarrassing salubrious company. "The first time he trained with us he took the ball past three or four defenders and put it in the back of the net," recalls Harry Kewell. "We all just thought, wow!"

On Saturday Milner resisted Mario Stanic's attempts at bullying and displayed an appreciation of the game which prompted Claudio Ranieri to observe that "he plays with the brain of a 30-year-old". The teenager flits from one side of the field to the other, is equally adept with either foot, and there was a touch of Peter Lorimer about the manner in which he fashioned his second goal in three days, having ousted Rooney as the Premiership's youngest ever scorer at Sunderland on Boxing Day.

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Magical Milner - Amy Lawrence

Copy from Football Unlimited of 29/12/2002.

What a way for Leeds United to say good riddance to 2002, a year of morale-sapping, money-draining, manager-sacking, table-falling, navel-gazing misery. The glow of a brighter future warmed the hearts of the faithful here, particularly in the prodigious shape of 16-year-old James Milner.

The Premiership's latest wonderboy became the youngest-ever scorer of two goals in three days. After his scrambled equaliser at Sunderland on Boxing Day, Milner took a flourishing bow in front of 40,000 admirers with a sublime strike to kill off Chelsea, and help his boyhood team to their first home win in the Premiership since September. His week's work is well worth the £80 he takes home as a scholar at the club's academy.

Terry Venables turns 60 tomorrow week, two days after young Milner celebrates his 17th birthday. Venables could have no better present than the vigour and imagination that Milner injects into a side who have embodied little of either during most of his spell as manager at Elland Road.

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