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Leeds v Spurs, 04.03.98

"It was Twenty Years ago today!"
article published March, 2018

FA PREMIER LEAGUE
WEDNESDAY MARCH 4TH, 1998
LEEDS UNITED 1(1) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0(0)

Scorer:-
Kewell, 45

Attendance:- 31,802

Referee:-P.E. Alcock

Teams:-
Leeds:- Martyn; Maybury, Molenaar, Hiden, Harte; Hale, Bowyer, Hopkin, Kewell; Wallace (sub McPhail), Hasselbaink (sub Matthews)

Subs not used:- Beeney; Jones, Jackson

Spurs:- Baardsen; Carr, Campbell, Vega, Wilson (sub Fenn, 83); Fox, Howells (sub Saib, 60), Berti (sub Brady, 71), Nielsen; Klinsmann, Ginola

Subs not used:- Grodas; Calderwood

Leeds (managed by George Graham) had not won a home Premiership match so far in 1998 and for long periods of the first half it looked as if that miserable run would continue. Tottenham had by far the better of the exchanges, attacking with pace and troubling the Leeds defence on several occasions.

David Ginola's fine cross on the quarter-hour gave Jurgen Klinsmann a good chance which the German was not able to convert, before Alan Nielsen brought a good save from Nigel Martyn, palming his shot around the post.

Ruel Fox was a constant threat and it seemed just a matter of time before Spurs would break the deadlock, but on the stroke of half time they fell behind. Leeds soaked up all the pressure and created just one chance on the break, when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink had a long range effort easily saved, but with time running out, Rod Wallace raced away and crossed from the right, to find Harry Kewell arriving at the back post to head in unchallenged.

Spurs self confidence wilted after the break and they were rarely seen as an attacking force, whilst United risked a few more raids and after Hasselbaink had a shot well saved, David Hopkin shot just wide.

With the points seemingly wrapped up, Leeds' defence dropped their concentration just once near to the end and Klinsmann almost made them pay, but could not find the target with a good chance, as Spurs accepted that this was just not going to be their night.

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