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Copy from Football Unlimited of 14/04/2003.
Lucas Radebe, who celebrated his 34th birthday on Saturday, left the ground clutching a black-and-white frilly spear and a tribal shield. They were unusual gifts, but they would have come in handy a couple of hours earlier. Perhaps he could ask his suppliers if they would mind kitting out the rest of the Leeds defence.
Radebe's booty was given to him by the theatre company, who performed a version of happy birthday before the game. A few razor-sharp projectiles might have stopped Robbie Keane as he weaved his way through the home defence seven minutes before half-time, evading with ease any number of clueless, desperate lunges.
Having picked up the ball on the right-hand touchline Keane slalomed infield, skipped past Ian Harte's horrifically imprecise intervention, evaded Eirik Bakke with insulting ease and befuddled Radebe to go clear before scoring a second goal of the season against his former employers. "Let's just say the tackling left a lot to be desired," said Peter Reid.
Copy from Football Unlimited of 13/04/2003.
This Leeds United performance was hardly a ringing endorsement for a thinly disguised job application by Peter Reid, but at least Mark Viduka is doing his utmost to ensure their caretaker manager stays beyond the end of this season. Viduka added two more goals to last week's hat-trick after Reid disclosed that he is already planning pre-season training.
Yet, while all the talk is now of the future, there was an inevitable reminder of their past decline as Robbie Keane, who started the exodus from Elland Road, scored for Tottenham.
Leeds were never likely to repeat last week's remarkable 6-1 scoreline against Charlton Athletic, a result that removed all but the final, lingering doubts about their ability to remain in the Premiership. But they did start where they left off at The Valley by giving supporters an early glimpse of the inventive forward play that unhinged Charlton in such spectacular fashion.