Tuesday 22 April 2003, 8:00pm at Elland Road, Leeds
Barclays Premier League
Leeds United
2
Viduka 4', 49'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Mark Viduka scored a brace for Leeds United which meant Fulham's bad luck on the road continued, the game finishing 2-0 to the hosts at Elland Road.

4' Goal

Mark Viduka

49' Goal

Mark Viduka

23' Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

55' Yellow Card

Barry Hayles Card was given for a foul

10' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Zat Knight
Off:Martin Djetou

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Barry Hayles
Off:Junichi Inamoto

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90

When Leeds look back on what has been a season of shame, Viduka will be owed adebt of gratitude for his form since the start of March has been inspirational, hotter than that of Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy and Thierry Henry of Arsenal.  

With goals at the start of each half, Viduka took his soaring tally to 19 for the season, although somewhat remarkably, 11 of those have come in his last seven league outings.  

If Leeds do stay up - bearing in mind no team has been relegated on 41 points since the inception of the Premier League 11 years ago - the 27-year-old's scorching scoring streak will be looked upon as having been the key to their survival.  

Leeds are now six points clear of relegation-haunted West Ham, and given their far superior goal difference over the unhappy Hammers, it would surely take a footballing miracle for interim manager Peter Reid's side to be relegated now.  

Reid still has another three games to convince the Leeds board he is the right man for the full-time job after being told to keep United in the top flight following his appointment five matches ago as successor to the sacked Terry Venables.  

Reid has almost kept his part of the bargain, and it now remains to be seen whether he will be rewarded, although Nottingham Forest's Paul Harts peculatively remains the favourite for a return to Elland Road given his former role as youth team coach.  

At least Reid received the positive reaction he demanded from his under-performing stars in the wake of Saturday's debacle at Southampton where the 3-2 scoreline flattered Leeds.  

The 46-year-old had let the players know, in no uncertain terms, just how disgusted he was with a performance which ranked as one of the worst of the season.  

Away from Loftus Road Fulham's record has been abysmal this season as they went into the game on the back of a 13-match winless streak - nine defeats and four draws - with their last on-the-road success in mid-September at Sunderland.  

Inside four minutes, it was abundantly obvious as to why travel sickness has become the norm this season for Fulham, although there was a touch of goodfortune in Leeds' opener.  

Referee Neale Barry awarded the first corner of the game in favour of Leeds,but failed to spot the final touch came off Harry Kewell.  

Leeds gratefully took full advantage, with Gary Kelly's outswinging corner met by a bullet header from Viduka for his 18th of the campaign.  

Despite the misery at the St Mary's Stadium, Reid kept faith with the starting 11, albeit Danny Mills reverted to his customary role at right-back following an apathetic display at the hear of the defence.  

Skipper Dominic Matteo was switched from central midfield to centre-back, with Kelly in a surprising anchor role in the middle of the park, with Kewell on the right wing and Jason Wilcox on the left.  

It was the latter who almost added a second in the eighth minute, only to fire a crisp drive narrowly wide of Maik Taylor's right-hand post, which was the destination for later chances in the half from Alan Smith and Kewell.  

But then three minutes after the restart Leeds sealed a priceless win, with Viduka initially feeding a wide-open Kewell through the middle and, although sandwiched by Jon Harley and Zat Knight, he managed to squeeze in a shot which was blocked by Taylor.  

The ball ran kindly to Viduka following up on his pass as he smashed home a game-killing right-foot shot from 15 yards.  

With the job done, Leeds looked to add an exclamation point, only for Kewell to clip a post and for Andy Melville to deny Viduka his hat trick with a timely outstretched left boot on a night when United goalkeeper Paul Robinson was a virtual spectator.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Tuesday 22 April 2003
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 37,220

Referee: Neale Barry

Leeds United

Line-up: Robinson; Kelly, Duberry, Mills, Harte; Bakke, Matteo, Wilcox, Kewell; Viduka, Smith

Unused substitutes: Martyn, Bravo, Kilgallon, Barmby, Johnson

Fulham

Line-up: Taylor; Finnan, Djetou (Knight 10'), Melville, Harley; Legwinski, Davis, Clark, Inamoto (Hayles 46'), Boa Morte; Hammond

Unused substitutes: Herrera, Collins, Sava

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 35 74
2 Arsenal 34 71
3 Chelsea 35 63
4 Newcastle United 35 62
5 Liverpool 35 61
6 Everton 35 56
7 Blackburn Rovers 35 53
8 Tottenham Hotspur 35 50
9 Southampton 34 48
10 Manchester City 35 48
11 Middlesbrough 35 46
12 Charlton Athletic 35 46
13 Birmingham City 35 44
14 Aston Villa 35 42
15 Leeds United 35 41
16 Fulham 35 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 39
18 West Ham United 35 35
19 West Bromwich Albion 35 24
20 Sunderland 35 19
Leeds United (4-4-2)
  • 1Paul Robinson
  • 2Gary Kelly
  • 5Michael Duberry
  • 18Danny Mills
  • 23Ian Harte
  • Eirik Bakke
  • Dominic Matteo
  • Jason Wilcox
  • 7Harry Kewell
  • 36Mark Viduka
  • 17Alan Smith
Substitutes
  • 25Nigel Martyn
  • Raúl Bravo
  • 26Matthew Kilgallon
  • 18Nick Barmby
  • 39Simon Johnson
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 17Martin Djetou
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 26Jon Harley
  • 18Sylvain Legwinski
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 8Lee Clark
  • 6Junichi Inamoto
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 34Elvis Hammond
Substitutes
  • Martin Herrera
  • 16Zat Knight
  • 10John Collins
  • 9Facundo Sava
  • 15Barry Hayles