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Copy from Football Unlimited of 02/02/2004.
Gaizka Mendieta claims he joined Middlesbrough because he wanted football to "feel like fun again" and, thanks to Seth Johnson's generosity, his wish was granted here.
In recent weeks the Spanish midfielder's strangely inhibited performances have looked suspiciously like the displays of a man bereft of joy, but such travails were swiftly forgotten.
The portents were hardly promising. Quite apart from the drenching pre-match rain, Mendieta was up against a tough-tackling left-flank specialist who not only cost Leeds £7m but boasts an England cap and £37,000-a-week salary.
Copy from Football Unlimited of 01/02/2004.
The players who helped Leeds United earn another financial reprieve by agreeing a new salary scheme remain incapable of safeguarding the club's Premiership future.
They have finally contributed to a stay of execution off the pitch; on it they remain a team hurtling unstoppably towards relegation after their fifth successive defeat. Eddie Gray's side were outclassed in every area, notably in their attempts to cope with the pace and artistry of Boudewijn Zenden, Juninho and Gaizka Mendieta.
Zenden scored one of Middlesbrough's goals and the others came from the substitutes, Joseph-Desire Job and Michael Ricketts, as Middlesbrough eased to their best away success of the season.