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Bolton Wanderers

Premier League
Game 36: Sunday 2 May 2004

Bolton Wanderers 4 - 1 Leeds United
(Half-time: 0 - 1)
Crowd: 27420
Referee: S Bennett (Orpington)
Leeds United
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Match Facts
Bolton Wanderers Team Leeds United
Jussi Jaaskelainen   Paul Robinson
Subbed - 38 minutes Booked - 27 minutes Emerson Thome   Gary Kelly
Bruno N'Gotty   Ian Harte Own goal - 55 minutes
Simon Charlton   Michael Duberry
Ivan Campo   Steve Caldwell
Booked - 34 minutes Nicky Hunt   Dominic Matteo
Goal - 78 minutes Kevin Nolan   James Milner Subbed - 60 minutes
Goal - 47 minutes Goal - 53 minutes Youri Djorkaeff   Jermaine Pennant Booked - 56 minutes
Jay-Jay Okocha   Stephen McPhail
Subbed - 69 minutes Henrik Pedersen   Alan Smith
Subbed - 84 minutes Booked - 58 minutes Kevin Davies   Mark Viduka Penalty - 27 minutes Booked - 31 minutes Sent off - 33 minutes
Kevin Poole   Scott Carson
Sub - 84 minutes Stylianos Giannakopoulos   Matthew Kilgallon
Sub - 38 minutes Anthony Barness   Nick Barmby
Per Frandsen   Aaron Lennon
Sub - 69 minutes Javi Moreno   Jason Wilcox Sub - 60 minutes
Match Reports
BBC Leeds 1 - 4 Bolton
The Guardian The crying game
The Independent Viduka's folly is the final betrayal as Leeds fall through trap door Leeds all but down after Bolton loss
The Sporting Life Bolton 4 - 1 Leeds
The Electronic Telegraph Leeds down as Viduka is sent off
The Times Leeds stumble over the edge
Yorkshire Evening Post It's heartbreak at the Reebok
Yorkshire Post United's final hope disappears with Viduka

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The crying game - Richard Williams

Copy from Football Unlimited of 03/05/2004.

Songs of pride, anger and defiance rang out from the away supporters' end as the slow-motion disaster of Leeds United's season reached its inevitable conclusion yesterday. Even if Leeds were to win their two remaining fixtures, Manchester City's vastly superior goal difference means that Yorkshire will be without a club in the top flight next season for the first time in 20 years.

A goal up at the interval, but already down to 10 men, Leeds collapsed in the second half. Three goals were conceded in a seven-minute spell soon after the restart, followed by a fourth shortly before the end as they were relegated along with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City. Such was their disarray that, with Bolton's increasingly confident forwards queuing up to take pot-shots, it could have been a dozen.

"I'm realistic enough to know that, over the season, we weren't good enough," Eddie Gray said afterwards. "Nobody has a divine right." The Leeds manager refused to speculate on his own future or that of his star players, but added: "It will not be the end of the club."

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