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Premier League
Game 24: Saturday 18 January 2003

Leeds United 0 - 0 West Bromwich Albion
(Half-time: 0 - 0)
Crowd: 39708
Referee: U Rennie (Sheffield)
West Bromwich Albion
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Match Facts
Leeds United Team West Bromwich Albion
Paul Robinson   Russell Hoult
Gary Kelly   Igor Balis Subbed - 35 minutes
Teddy Lucic   Neil Clement
Dominic Matteo   Phil Gilchrist
Lucas Radebe   Darren Moore
Subbed - 68 minutes Eirik Bakke   Sean Gregan
Subbed - 79 minutes Paul Okon   Andy Johnson Booked - 71 minutes Sent off - 74 minutes
Subbed - 68 minutes Jason Wilcox   Derek McInnes
Harry Kewell   Jason Koumas Subbed - 77 minutes
Booked - 79 minutes Alan Smith   Scott Dobie Subbed - 63 minutes
Mark Viduka   Daniele Dichio
Nigel Martyn   Joe Murphy
Danny Mills   Ronnie Wallwork Sub - 35 minutes
Sub - 68 minutes Seth Johnson   Ifeanyi Udeze
Sub - 68 minutes James Milner   Larus Sigurdsson Sub - 77 minutes
Sub - 79 minutes Robbie Fowler   Lee Hughes Sub - 63 minutes
Match Reports
Dunderhead Leeds fire blanks at poor West Brom
Nick Allen vs WBA
BBC Baggies frustrate Leeds
The Guardian Rennie provides offering for Megson's video collection
The Independent Fowler too late to blow away nil wind
The Observer Blank end to Fowler's week Basement boys bag a precious point
The Sporting Life Leeds United 0 - 0 West Bromwich Albion
The Sunday Times Venables hopes for brighter futurew after dour stalemate
The Electronic Telegraph Cheers for Fowler fall flat as Leeds fail to fire
The Times Albion clutch at draws
Yorkshire Evening Post Lightweight Leeds lack cutting edge to open up boring, boing-less Baggies

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Leeds fire blanks at poor West Brom - Dunderhead

Another disappointing game and another two badly-needed points down the drain.

Scores on the doors:

Robinson: 8 - kept us in the game with a great save late on
Kelly: 5 - poor crossing, poor vision and too slow to see opportunities
Radebe: 9 - my man of the match, Cool Hand Luke
Matteo: 7 - getting back to his best.
Lucic: 6 - lost his man too often. Got forward a lot but slow to get back
Smith: 6 - his heart isn't in midfield. Had a mad five minutes. Harsh booking.
Bakke: 7 - one or two insightful passes and nice flicks. Left for an early bus home
Okon: 5 - I'd rather have Batty in a wheelchair with flat tyres
Wilcox: 7 - good workrate, has to move infield so we lose width
Viduka: 7 - needs more support
Kewell: 6 - another in and out game, had a great opportunity for a 1 on 1 but bottled it and waited until three defenders caught up with him

Substitutes used (Johnson for Bakke, Milner for Wilcox, Fowler for Okon)

Johnson: 8 - should have started instead of Bakke, mixed it well, good dead balls (corners and free kicks)
Milner: 7 - didn't get the service, particularly from Kelly. Reacted well to heavy treatment from defenders
Fowler: 6 - touched the ball once in his ten minutes on the pitch

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vs WBA - Nick Allen

Another frustrating day at t'mill.

Albion came for the draw, frustrated us, and by god they got the draw. Some might even say that they were unlucky, given that in today's paper Lucas admits that he handled it, wasn't pushed and expected a penalty to be given.

The defence were steady under virtually no threat, apart from the occasional long ball hoofed at Dichio. Lucas and Matteo started like they'd never met before but gradually got going and were in command by the end. Robinson had almost nothing to do but he made one save at the end comfortably enough. Kelly was steady in defence but lacking going forward, and really didn't seem to know what to do with Milner when he came on. I'm glad to hear that Mills was injured because I'd be worried if TV prefered Kelly at RBack. Lucic at LBack was the biggest concern in this game, playing the whole game sideways on like a crab. He constantly tried to turn inside onto his right foot - he must have passed 30 or 40 times to Matteo the LCentre Half during the game, while not feeding anything down the line to Wilcox/Kewell.

In the midfield Wilcox was the best player by a mile - challenging, passing, overlapping even getting a shot or two in. Bakke and Okon looked lost as Koumas ran around them. And Smith is still out of position. Johnson looked encouraging when he came on. I hope he gets a full game on saturday.

Viduka and Kewell worked OK in the first 30 minutes when both of them (and Smith and Wilcox) had decent efforts that the keeper had to make good saves from, after good link up play. After that both faded. In this spell Bakke was pushing through and getting into the box beyond the front men for the through balls - although nothing came of this this is the kind of support play we've been missing all season. It struck us that one of our major problems is that the players being creative are the forwards - Smith, Kewell, Viduka and Wilcox - but they are having to drop into into the midfield to do it as there is absolutely nothing going on there. Hence there is no-one in the box to put the finishing touch to the move.

We finished the game with 6 forwards on the pitch - and 0 shots on goal in the 2nd half - which can't be right...can it?

Okon had a shot. On target. I think this is the first recorded sighting of him moving the ball forward, but as we were playing towards the Kop in the first half, which we don't normally do, he may have been confused. Poor lamb.

A forward called Fowler allegedly took part in this football match.

WBA will go down. We won't but I think that we have found our level for this seaason - bobbling around the middle scrapping with ManC, Villa, Brum, Boro etc.

Rennie provides offering for Megson's video collection - Daniel Taylor

Copy from Football Unlimited of 20/01/2003.

Somewhere at the FA's headquarters, filed away under complaints, there is a letter from Gary Megson together with a video compilation of the refereeing decisions which he claims have disfigured West Bromwich's season. The allegation is not just of incompetence but, more seriously, bias.

"There have been so many bad decisions against us," Megson said. "I sent in the video because I wanted to know, is this normal? Are we missing something?"

Megson does not intend to make a sequel and, doubtless aware that he is in danger of being pigeon-holed as a serial complainer, the West Bromwich Albion manager tried to bite his lip on Saturday. He is also acutely aware that when, as now seems certain, his team are relegated the inquest should concentrate on his players' inadequacies rather than those of officials.

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Blank end to Fowler's week - John Wilford

Copy from Football Unlimited of 19/01/2003.

West Bromwich Albion survived having Andy Johnson sent off and held Leeds United at bay to earn the point they undoubtedly came to get. For most of the game they played an eight-man defence and frustrated Leeds, who did not have the individual initiative to break it down. As a spectacle it was poor in the extreme, but Leeds must take most of the blame. They had enough talented players to get the better of the struggling Baggies.

Leeds, who are rarely out of the headlines, began with Robbie Fowler on the bench after his traumatic week of failed transfer negotiations with Manchester City. One of manager Terry Venables's persistent problems this season has been with centre- backs. Jonathan Woodgate is injured and may be out for six weeks. Dominic Matteo has just come back to first-team football and he was joined by another long-term absentee, Lucas Radebe.

West Brom's manager, Gary Megson, welcomed back Sean Gregan after a week's suspension and gave a place on the bench to defender Ifeanyi Udeze, on loan from PAOK Salonika.

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