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Copy from Football Unlimited of 21/11/2005.
It is rare, as Kevin Blackwell said, that "3,500 people predict the same result". Even rarer, he could have added, for all of them to predict correctly. "We're gonna win 4-3," chanted the Leeds supporters early in the second half with their team three goals down and heading for humiliation.
The 3,500 super-optimists were right but some of them must have peered through the dark at the red neon scoreline on the giant screen to double-check. Fifteen astonishing minutes changed the match, transformed the rival managers' moods and just possibly their seasons. "That's one of the top comebacks you'll ever see," piped Blackwell proudly.
Seeing was believing for the Championship's first 30,000-plus crowd this season. Most of them were wanting to cover their eyes and their ears as Blackwell led the entire visiting squad and coaching staff into a huddle when the Yorkshire anthems boomed out. The timing of "We are Leeds" was perfect. Ken Bates, overlord of Elland Road, was here.
Copy from Football Unlimited of 20/11/2005.
The Championship is billed as 'real football for real fans' and this game more than lived up to that description.
Forget the off-field sub-plots and Machiavellian manoeuvres at Southampton. The real drama was on the pitch from start to finish of an enthralling game. As fightbacks go, this was up there with the best of them, including Liverpool's astonishing European Cup final triumph in May. Three goals down at half-time, Leeds were dead and buried to such an extent that their former hero Eddie Gray described them as a 'shambles' in the press room.
Yet 45 minutes later, more than 3,000 Leeds fans who contributed to the Championship's best crowd of the season - 30,173 - were proclaiming their players as miracle workers after a devastating burst of four goals inside nineteen minutes turned the game.