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Leeds United 3-1 West Ham

Premier League    1997-98
Elland Road   29,447
1Ludek Miklosko    
2Tim Breacker    
20Andy Impey    
6David Unsworth    
4Steve Potts   
19Ian Pearce    
18Frank Jnr Lampard 1  
24Samassi Abou    
10John Hartson    
29Eyal Berkovic    
11Steve Lomas    
16John MoncurSubed #29   
14Iain DowieSubed #24   
 PosTable as at 23 Nov 1997PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
1Manchester United1561023433213831
2Blackburn Rovers1552117934010430
4Leeds United15413131141210626
6Derby County14520175205111523
7Leicester City153421183128623
9Newcastle United125211291124721
11Aston Villa153138122247918
12Coventry City1526010812431117
13Crystal Palace13033494129616
15West Ham United1440110411782016
16Sheffield Wednesday154131512025102315
17Tottenham Hotspur143227702541413
18Bolton Wanderers141413313471813
match review copied from

Leeds 3 West Ham 1 By Ian Rodgers, PA Sport

Leeds came from behind again this afternoon to beat West Ham 3-1 at Elland Road in the Premiership.

Again, as against Derby two weeks ago, striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink proved to be the hero, scoring twice (75 and 90) with an Alf-Inge Haaland header sandwiched between the two strikes.

After a drab first half West Ham opened the scoring through Frank Lampard in the 64th minute, allowing the youngster to recreate his father's corner flag celebration routine from the 1980 FA Cup semi-final replay on the same ground.

But today it was the home side who eventually danced a jig of joy.

In the first half West Ham had appeared to be over-compensating for the absence of Rio Ferdinand - out with a calf injury - by plugging their defence with six men.

Leeds welcomed back Gary Kelly to the side as replacement for the suspended David Hopkin. The Republic of Ireland international had missed the midweek defeat against Reading because of a swollen knee.

Norwegian international Gunnar Halle returned after a three-match absence, with teenager Alan Maybury back on the subs' bench.

Ludek Miklosko and Andy Impey both returned to the Hammers side in place of Craig Forrest and John Moncur respectively.

Regardless of personnel, though, the first 45 minutes did not start well - and soon went rapidly further down hill.

Lee Bowyer could have opened the scoring after 10 minutes, but a well timed Ian Pearce interception averted the danger.

Four minutes later, home goalkeeper Nigel Martyn had to be quick to clear John Hartson's headed pass across goal, as ex-QPR man Impey raced in.

Halle almost broke the deadlock in the 18th minute - but for the opposition rather than the hosts. The Norwegian attempted to chest the ball back to Martyn, but the England goalkeeper was on the far side of goal and had to twist in mid air to palm the ball away.

With three minutes to go before half-time, Hasselbaink could have given the game the goal it so desperately needed, but his header from David Robertson's cross went wide.

The second half brought a massive improvement.

Leeds stepped up the momentum, and five minutes after the break Rod Wallace might have earned a penalty when David Unsworth's leg appeared to fell the striker. But referee Mr Ashby was unimpressed and waved away Leeds' appeals.

Kelly fired from distance two minutes later, but his shot flew over the bar. Sixty seconds later Unsworth was forced into an acrobatic clearance, as both Hasselbaink and Wallace lurked.

Then in the 64th minute against the run of play, West Ham broke the deadlock.

A long ball from Tim Breacker found the head of Hartson, who flicked it into the path of Lampard. The youngster fired low to beat Martyn and then re-enacted his father's dance routine round the corner flag from 17 years ago.

But the home side refused to lie down.

In the 75th minute, they gained their just reward when Hasselbaink was illegally stopped by veteran Hammers defender Steve Potts. Hasselbaink then rifled home the subsequent free-kick with a viciously curling shot.

With two minutes left on the clock and the visitors appearing to settle for a share of the points, Haaland rose above the Hammers' crammed defence to head Leeds into a 2-1 lead.

Then in the dying seconds Hasselbaink met Robertson's perfect cross to seal West Ham's fate.


Leeds: Martyn, Kelly, Wetherall, Radebe, Robertson, Halle, Bowyer, Haaland, Ribeiro, Hasselbaink, Wallace.

Subs Not Used: Lilley, Harte, Maybury, Molenaar, Robinson.

Goals: Hasselbaink 76, Haaland 88, Hasselbaink 90.

West Ham: Miklosko, Breacker, Potts, Pearce, Unsworth, Impey, Lomas, Lampard, Berkovic (Moncur 84), Hartson, Abou (Dowie 87).

Subs Not Used: Rowland, Paulo Alves, Forrest.

Booked: Potts.

Goals: Lampard 65.

Att: 30,031

Ref: G R Ashby (Worcester).

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