Competition: English Premier League.
Everton: Wright; Hibbert, Yobo, Stubbs, Unsworth; Carsley, Linderoth, Li Tie (Naysmith), Pembridge; Campbell, Radzinski (Rooney). Unused Subs: Watson, Weir, Gerrard.
Referee: Mr N. Barry (
hot-shot Wayne Rooney piled on the misery for Leeds United by shooting Everton
to a rare
The performance against Everton wasn't bad, it was far more enterprising than some that season, but it was results that counted and United desperately needed to find a League win. It was debatable whether they deserved anything from yesterday's game despite managing more shots on goal than in recent weeks and equalling Everton's effort of seven on target. But when Everton broke they were quick and succinct while
the answer, and Terry Venables must have been hoping
to find it soon, United were certainly missing something because their current
toils were simply not producing the results the supporters craved. Paul
Robinson was the hero once again with the England International pulling off a
string of brilliant stops to deny the impressive Tomasz
Radzinksi. Robinson was called upon regularly as
Everton's twin strike force of Tomasz Radzinksi and Kevin Campbell frequently found themselves in
acres of space after a quick break.
again lacked ingenuity in midfield where, for all their efforts, they failed to
ask Everton enough questions and allowed the visitors time and room to manoeuvre.
would have been harsh on an Everton side who played
the better football and showed more ambition throughout, but little was going United's way at that point of time.
made a superb tackle to deny goal-bound Chinese international Li Tie while Paul
Robinson made two stunning saves to thwart Tomasz Radzinksi. Everton's build-up play was impressive and the
patient workmanlike ethics employed by David Moyes
were paying dividends for a side who were much improved.
Leeds weren't as neat as their visitors, but Nick Barmby
and Eirik Bakke could have
considered themselves unlucky not to nudge the home side ahead early in the
ebbed and flowed throughout, both sides enjoying good spells of possession, but
there was a sense of inevitability that it would be Everton who got the
breakthrough. Harry Kewell shot narrowly wide with a
great effort after a tidy build-up and Jonathan Woodgate
had a header cleared off the line, but it was Paul Robinson who was the busier
of the goalkeepers. The
He collected the ball thirty yards out with his back to goal and, after leaving Eirik Bakke in a crumpled heap, he raced clear to deliver an inch-perfect shot through the legs of Lucas Radebe. It was a piece of magic and his strike proved a worthy winner in what was another tough afternoon for a frustrating United side. The result was a shattering blow to United's confidence with a crucial Worthington Cup clash with Sheffield United on the agenda the following week. The competition took on extra importance given United's lowly placing in the Premiership and Terry Venables would have been hoping to see his players dig deep and give more than they did against Everton.
Wayne Rooney leaves Lucas Radebe stranded Wayne Rooney jumps for joy on scoring
Eirik Bakke, Lee Bowyer and Ian Harte are dejected as Li Tie runs to join in the celebration of Wayne Rooney’s winning goal
Tony Hibbert, Wayne Rooney and Mark Pembridge Lee Bowyer cuts inside Mark Pembridge
celebrate the winning goal
Nick Barmby is yellow-carded
Harry Kewell tries to beat Tony Hibbert
Wayne Rooney got the winner. Fans chanted for David Batty Paul Robinson pulled Nick Barmby was denied a penalty claim
off a string of saves
Jonathan Woodgate had Alan Smith was chopped down Harry Kewell had a delightful Lucas Radebe couldn’t stop Wayne Rooney
header cleared off line chipped effort which went close
Eirik Bakke was unlucky not to score Richard Wright was in goal Terry Hibbert and David Unsworth were the full-backs
Joseph Yobo and Alan Stubbs were in central defence Lee Carsley, Tobias Linderoth,
Li Tie and Mark Pembridge were the starting midfield Kevin Campbell and Tomasz Radzinski were the strikers
Gary Naysmith and Wayne Rooney came on as substitutes Paul Gerrard, Steve Watson and David Weir were the unused substitutes