When Newcastle’s new technology was no match for Leeds
“It was a good, tough game,” said David O’Leary. “I’m disappointed that we’ve lost. We drew, I mean.”
Harrison and Alioski were left face-to-face in the changing rooms on Friday night as the team played on without either of them. This was their moment, embracing, forehead to forehead.
“The man was a national hero in ’96,” said Bobby Robson. The man he meant was Alan Shearer. Out there was Elland Road in 1999. “And out there, the crowd are calling him a wanker.”
Uh-huh, so, it’s time for this game again, is it?
The Lampard/Redknapp family tree was so firmly enshrined in English football lore it even took root in a corner of Elland Road, Leeds.
It’s been difficult to articulate exactly why everyone seems to fail between the sticks at Leeds. Until Illan Meslier made it obvious.
There’s no point trying to take moral or ethical high ground about Chelsea’s expensive squad when our club are desperate to rush headlong down and join them in the foothills.
“Obviously George Graham wound them up before the game,” Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair said later, “because they came out and they were trying to kick us all over the gaff.”