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Charlton Athletic

Premier League
Game 32: Saturday 5 April 2003

Charlton Athletic 1 - 6 Leeds United
(Half-time: 1 - 3)
Crowd: 26274
Referee: E Wolstenholme (Blackburn)
Leeds United
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Match Facts
Charlton Athletic Team Leeds United
Booked - 55 minutes Dean Kiely   Paul Robinson
Richard Rufus   Danny Mills
Subbed - 67 minutes Paul Konchesky   Gary Kelly
Subbed - 45 minutes Radostin Kishishev   Ian Harte Penalty - 34 minutes
Luke Young   Michael Duberry
Mark Fish   Dominic Matteo Booked - 40 minutes
Scott Parker   Lucas Radebe
Claus Jensen   Eirik Bakke Subbed - 86 minutes
Subbed - 45 minutes Kevin Lisbie   Harry Kewell Goal - 12 minutes Goal - 76 minutes Subbed - 80 minutes
Penalty - 45 minutes Jason Euell   Alan Smith Subbed - 78 minutes
Jonatan Johannson   Mark Viduka Goal - 42 minutes Goal - 53 minutes Penalty - 56 minutes
Paul Rachubka   Nigel Martyn
Sub - 45 minutes Chris Powell   James Milner Sub - 86 minutes
Sub - 67 minutes Tahar El Khalej   Nick Barmby
Sub - 45 minutes Booked - 58 minutes Mathias Svensson   Jason Wilcox Sub - 80 minutes
John Robinson   Simon Johnson Sub - 78 minutes
Match Reports
BBC Leeds thrash Charlton
The Guardian Reid's Leeds go back to a future perfect
The Independent Reid rides the waves as Viduka turns the tide
The Observer Viduka lifts Leeds Reid's Leeds laugh off relegation threat
The Sporting Life Charlton Athletic 1 - 6 Leeds United
The Sunday Times Viduka cashes in as Leeds go on rampage
The Electronic Telegraph Smith magic puts Leeds on track for safety
The Times Leeds hit six in the City
Yorkshire Evening Post Reid sparks a United revival

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Reid's Leeds go back to a future perfect - Jon Brodkin

Copy from Football Unlimited of 07/04/2003.

Peter Reid is taking Leeds backwards. That might seem an extraordinary assertion after the manager guided his new team to a superb win in which they scored as many goals as in their final seven Premiership games under Terry Venables but the evidence here was striking.

Leeds going backwards under Reid does not mean deteriorating but turning back to the values which made them formidable a couple of years ago. This display was bristling with aggression, team ethic, relentless closing down and a fierce will to win. From that base the talent of Alan Smith, Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell glittered.

Reid had signalled a break from the Venables era by removing Paul Okon, Raul Bravo and Teddy Lucic from the squad, yet the reversion to former times ran deeper. The high-energy approach reflects Reid's own ideals but perhaps he also remembers what helped David O'Leary's Leeds beat his Sunderland in five of their six Premiership meetings. Welcome to the new, old Leeds United.

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Viduka lifts Leeds - John Wilford

Copy from Football Unlimited of 05/04/2003.

When Peter Reid took over from Terry Venables as caretaker-manager of Leeds United, the job description was simple: cobble together half-a-dozen points and keep them in the Premiership. But he, along with the rest of the football world, couldn't possibly have predicted that three of those points would come from a scintillating performance that bore no relation to the apathetic displays of recent months.

Mark Viduka got a hat-trick, Harry Kewell a pair and Ian Harte a disputed penalty. The dispute, incidentally, was between he and Viduka as to who should take the free-kick. Later in the game, when Leeds were awarded a second spot-kick, there was no argument: Viduka was on his hat-trick and Harte gracefully withdrew.

But the star of this extraordinary show was Alan Smith, with a sustained performance that should give the England manager a hefty nudge. In between roaring encouragement at his colleagues, Smith had a hand in five of the goals and his play typified all that was best about United - committed, competitive and brimming with confidence.

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