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Premier League
Game 26: Saturday 1 February 2003

Everton 2 - 0 Leeds United
(Half-time: 0 - 0)
Crowd: 40153
Referee: M Halsey (Welwyn Garden City)
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Match Facts
Everton Team Leeds United
Richard Wright   Paul Robinson
Steve Watson   Danny Mills
Gary Naysmith   Gary Kelly
Alessandro Pistone   Teddy Lucic Subbed - 45 minutes
Alan Stubbs   Dominic Matteo Subbed - 71 minutes
Penalty - 56 minutes David Unsworth   Eirik Bakke Booked - 78 minutes Subbed - 79 minutes
David Weir   Paul Okon
Tie Li   Jason Wilcox
Scot Gemmill   Harry Kewell
Goal - 68 minutes Tomasz Radzinski   Alan Smith
Subbed - 73 minutes Brian McBride   Mark Viduka
Paul Gerrard   Nigel Martyn
Joseph Yobo   Ian Harte Sub - 45 minutes
Thomas Gravesen   Lucas Radebe Sub - 71 minutes
Mark Pembridge   Seth Johnson
Sub - 73 minutes Kevin Campbell   James Milner Sub - 79 minutes
Match Reports
BBC Everton pile on Leeds agony
The Guardian Venables takes turn at keeping Ridsdale in the dark
The Independent Radzinski makes a meal of Leeds leftovers
The Observer No respite for Leeds Leeds go from bad to worse
The Sporting Life Everton 2 - 0 Leeds United
The Sunday Times Everton cash in on Leeds errors
The Electronic Telegraph Everton widen Venables' scowl
The Times Agony goes on for Venables
Yorkshire Evening Post Another fine mess as fans laugh at United

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Venables takes turn at keeping Ridsdale in the dark - Adam Sills

Copy from Football Unlimited of 03/02/2003.

Terry Venables will pick Leeds's team to play Gillingham in tomorrow's FA Cup replay at Elland Road. He will not speak to Peter Ridsdale before the tie and will chat with him afterwards only if he decides to tender his resignation. If Venables walks out on Leeds he will tell the chairman. There will be no consultation.

The bond between Venables and Ridsdale has been irreparably broken by the sale of Jonathan Woodgate to Newcastle about which the manager says he was misled and kept in the dark. Either he or the chairman must go to ease the disunity on a sinking ship.

Until four o'clock last Thursday Venables claims he believed Woodgate would stay. He was then visited by Ridsdale and two directors, David Walker and Steve Harrison, and informed that the defender would be sold.

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No respite for Leeds - Paul Wilson

Copy from Football Unlimited of 02/02/2003.

The misery goes on for Terry Venables, who did not just see his Leeds United players go down to a dodgy penalty, but was obliged to restore Ian Harte to the first team following a first-half injury to Teddy Lucic.

Harte cannot understand why Venables does not pick him more often. Most of the Leeds fans can, and with Danny Mills already playing at centre-half and Dominic Matteo having to retire before the end, Venables could hardly have made a more eloquent comment about the threadbare nature of the resources left at his disposal. The Leeds manager is supposed to be considering his options. Defensively, at least, he hasn't got any.

The only good news for Leeds is that they will not be up against Thomasz Radzinski's pace every week. The injured Jonathan Woodgate would not have played in this game anyway, but if a player was needed to highlight the weakened state of the Leeds central defence it was Radzinski. The former Anderlecht striker won the penalty for the first goal and scored the second.

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