Saturday, March 13, 2004

Fulham V Leeds: 2 - 0
The game was preceded by a minutes silence for the victims of the Madrid train bombings, which was well respected apart from a few away supporters who were still making their way to the stands (so didn't know about it).

The game was dominated by Fulham. Leeds had some good chances, but they seem more intent on winning free kicks & personal battles than games as they foul, foul and foul again, and the moment they are tackled hit the deck like a sniper has put one on them from the stands. Alan Smith in particular, who is a dirty as they come, just can't stay on his feet when tackled.

The ref today, S. Dunn, didn't have a good game at all. He was harassed by the Leeds players, and he let it get to him, awarding them more free kicks, and us more yellow cards. Despite of everything we (especially in the second half) were superb.

Any worries about a post FA Cup quarter final hang-over were put to rest. We had 20 shots on goal. 12 on target. Leeds had half of that. Steed should have had a hat trick, but managed to miss "sitters". Barry headed wide from two foot. Pembridge had a good shot well saved, but finally Steed combined with Sean Davis who scored our opener on 71 minutes. Later Boa Morte scored after Zat Knight got forward and crossed for LBM to slot in. In the last couple of minutes Leeds missed from close range and hit the crossbar. Fulham held on for a well deserved win. We now have 39 points, and are currently 8th. Leeds are on 22 points at the bottom of the table.

I remember saying to a Leeds fan at the end of last season, that they'd have been better going down then as to stay up for an extra season - with all the extra player wages and other costs - and then go down could kill them off forever.

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