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People keep telling me that "what goes around comes around" and that "these things even themselves out over the course of the season" - well I for one can't bloody wait - and I won't feel that justice has been done until the man in black on Saturday performs a 30 yard bicycle kick rifling the ball into the top corner to seal his match winning hat-trick for us. Cos we are getting pissed on big time by these incompetant buffoons. 1 offside goal - the equaliser - and then the bloody penalty that wasn't and they bugger off down the other end and score.
As for the team - Robbo in goal made some bloody good saves, but still doesn't come for crosses and his kicking is becoming increasingly haywire.
Kelly - had a decent game defensively but his only pass out of defence is the huge punt down the line
Harte - was embarrassing - they had loads of young fast kids and they just took it in turns to run past him. Where was he for that winning goal!!
Camara - was better than usual alongside Roque, but still not as assured as when he has Matteo there. All-in-all he was pretty good though.
Roque - was more solid than previously, but even so - 2 goals or not - I still wouldn't play him at CHalf. He did play a couple of lovely balls from the centre of the field, having carried it out of defence, that split their defence and put one of our boys through. He did take his first goal well. The second bounced off his knee - but he did have to be there.
Milner - started on the right and moved inside once Olembe went off. He did OK, he ran and ran, but he was a passenger by the end of 90 minutes nevermind the extra time - he kept going down with cramp.He didn't have the presence to dominate midfield but that doesn't mean that there isn't a future for him there.
Johnson - my disappointment with him is growing with every match - he was the senior midfield player on our team last night and he just counldn't cut it - the game passed him by - he didn't get tackles in and his distribution was poor. The only good ball was the reverse one back in that led to Roque's 2nd
Olembe - was quietly holding the middle ground until he got injured off after 60 minutes. Our game fell apart after this. We had dominated the first half but didn't make the difference count. I hope he's fit for Saturday to go back to left back.
Sakho - was flat. A player who looked short on confidence and practise.
Bridges - offered more movement than Viduka but not much more by way of an understanding with Smith or in terms of breaking down the opponents. We persisted in lumping the ball long when that is patently no the kind of service he's going to thrive on.
Smith - had had a decent game. Causing problems etc but all we will hear about is that bottle. Someone lobbed it from the West stand after Smith had clattered Neville (the ugly one) and got booked - I assume it was aimed at either the Neville or the ref - Smith picked it up and lobbed it back in. He chucked it kind of upwards and looping - as opposed to flat and hard - but it was still a bloody stupid thing to do.
Lennon - came on and did OK - but we don't seem to play to his strengths - he need it to his feet, of behind the defence for him to run onto - not up in the air.
Chapuis - looked lively and strong. Deeply unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when flattened by the defender.
Domi - was almost invisible.
Copy from Football Unlimited of 29/10/2003.
Rio Ferdinand is expected to be charged today over the now infamous drugs test that never was but whatever action the FA takes and whatever controversy it stirs, Manchester United will agree their problems are minimal when compared to those of their hosts last night.
Announcing record financial losses is one thing, but it is the impoverished state of the team that will most gall Leeds supporters; this was a sorry way to end a tortuous, occasionally torturous, day for them.
That they had to endure the agonies of extra-time was symptomatic of the day, not least because David Bellion had been marginally offside before scoring the goal that brought about the additional 30 minutes. The decisive moment, Eric Djemba-Djemba's winner, also carried a sizable element of fortune.