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Copy from Football Unlimited of 13/02/2005.
Among the things Ken Bates has cut since taking over as Leeds chairman is the champagne in the boardroom, helping give manager Kevin Blackwell flexibility to bring in some fresh faces. A section of Leeds fans still may take some warming to the irascible pensioner, but they must surely appreciate that one of these new boys ensured the fizz and sparkle was all on the pitch and not in the boardroom.
Rob Hulse's admission that he turned down a permanent £1.5million move to Stoke from West Bromwich Albion in favour of a three-month loan to Leeds because he considers them a bigger club may not have made him popular in the Potteries. But after this two-goal debut he earned undying devotion from fans desperately searching for heroes after a period when all they seemed to have been faced with is villains.
The 25-year-old belied the fact he had played for only 148 minutes this season before this match, and was surprisingly so easily discarded by West Brom after scoring 13 goals in their promotion year.