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Leeds United

Premier League
Game 18: Friday 26 December 2003

Leeds United 0 - 0 Aston Villa
(Half-time: 0 - 0)
Crowd: 38513
Referee: S Bennett (Orpington)
Aston Villa
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Match Facts
Leeds United Team Aston Villa
Paul Robinson   Thomas Sørensen
Gary Kelly   Mark Delaney
Ian Harte   Gareth Barry
Michael Duberry   Olof Mellberg
Subbed - 64 minutes Dominic Matteo   Jlloyd Samuel
Matthew Kilgallon   Pete Whittingham Booked - 73 minutes
James Milner   Gavin McCann
Subbed - 73 minutes Jermaine Pennant   Lee Hendrie Subbed - 66 minutes
David Batty   Juan Pablo Angel
Alan Smith   Stefan Moore Subbed - 66 minutes
Mark Viduka   Dion Dublin Booked - 54 minutes
Scott Carson   Stefan Postma
Sub - 64 minutes Eirik Bakke   Ronnie Johnsen
Stephen McPhail   Ulises De la Cruz
Sub - 73 minutes Aaron Lennon   Thomas Hitzlsperger Sub - 66 minutes
Lamine Sakho   Darius Vassell Sub - 66 minutes
Match Reports
BBC Leeds 0 - 0 Aston Villa
The Guardian O'Leary's return fails to rouse the spirits
The Independent O'Leary's return trip to Elland Road fizzles out into deadlock Drab draw bores Elland Road
The Sporting Life Leeds 0 - 0 Aston Villa
The Electronic Telegraph O'Leary's return ends in stalemate
The Times O'Leary's return to Leeds leaves Gray frustrated on and off the pitch
Yorkshire Evening Post Festive feast... no it's a real turkey

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O'Leary's return fails to rouse the spirits - Michael Walker

Copy from Football Unlimited of 27/12/2003.

The days immediately after Christmas are traditionally a time for taking things back, items that do not fit or are just plain unacceptable. Sadly for the 38,000-odd here, they will never be able to get these 90 minutes back, not even with a valid receipt.

An afternoon that was meant to be about spice, bile and personality clashes - well, David O'Leary was making his first return to Elland Road - turned out just bland.

No goals, no real football of notable flow, not even O'Leary's presence could provoke malevolence from Leeds fans, disgruntled at his part in their demise. Not a smidgen of ire was in evidence, but then again O'Leary and his counterpart Eddie Gray did had not much to discuss either, certainly not what each had just witnessed. Both were relatively happy with a point, but the neutral left a game in which the first serious shot on target came in the 81st minute from Alan Smith feeling a lack of seasonal brotherhood.

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