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Leeds United

Premier League
Game 23: Saturday 31 January 2004

Leeds United 0 - 3 Middlesbrough
(Half-time: 0 - 0)
Crowd: 35970
Referee: G Poll (Tring)
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Match Facts
Leeds United Team Middlesbrough
Sent off - 88 minutes Paul Robinson   Mark Schwarzer
Gary Kelly   Chris Riggott
Ian Harte   Andrew Davies Subbed - 53 minutes
Michael Duberry   Franck Queudrue Booked - 80 minutes
Booked - 36 minutes Dominic Matteo   Gareth Southgate
Matthew Kilgallon   Doriva
Subbed - 67 minutes Seth Johnson   Gaizka Mendieta
Subbed - 89 minutes James Milner   Juninho Subbed - 85 minutes
Jermaine Pennant   George Boateng
Subbed - 79 minutes Eirik Bakke   Boudewijn Zenden Goal - 53 minutes
Alan Smith   Massimo Maccarone Subbed - 74 minutes
Sub - 89 minutes Scott Carson   Brad Jones
Frazer Richardson   Stuart Parnaby Sub - 53 minutes
Sub - 79 minutes Jody Morris   Stewart Downing
Nick Barmby   Joseph-Désiré Job Goal - 77 minutes Sub - 74 minutes
Sub - 67 minutes Michael Bridges   Michael Ricketts Penalty - 89 minutes Sub - 85 minutes
Match Reports
BBC Leeds 0 - 3 Middlesbrough
The Guardian Mendieta is right as rain
The Independent Leeds lose Robinson - and their status could be next
The Observer Just the job for McClaren Boro sink hapless Whites
The Sporting Life Leeds 0 - 3 Middlesbrough
The Sunday Times Leeds in trouble as Boro saunter
The Electronic Telegraph Mendieta exposes disunity
The Times Woeful Leeds run up the white flag
Yorkshire Evening Post United fighting a losing battle

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Mendieta is right as rain - Louise Taylor

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.

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Just the job for McClaren - John Wardle

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.

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