David Moyes rewarded his winning line-up by naming an unchanged team,
with David Weir on the bench as Gravesen failed a fitness test.
Everton started brightly with a superb free-kick from Pembridge needed
a fingertip save form Paul Robinson in the second minute. Some
lively exchanges ensued with both teams getting stuck in.
Wright made a vital save off and sprung Everton into a great
counter-attack involving Radzinski, Pembridge and Carsley, leading to a
sequence of corners that put Leeds under pressure.
After failing to score with a fairly easy chance, Barmby was then
booked for diving when he failed to go around Wright and score, instead
stumbling to the ground. Cheat!
Barmby had a third chance at the start of the second half but Wright
was alert to the danger, but got a fright from the ensuing corner as Leeds
came out fighting.
Better counters by Everton saw first Pembridge and then Radzinski
failed to score with excellent opportunities created by wonderful flowing
football. But Radzinski saw yet another shot saved by Robinson, who
was having a blinder in the Leeds goal.
Leeds had their chances too, Kewell with a superb left-foot strike, and
Hibbert clearing off the line form the corner! Nervous times for the
The game was screaming out for something different from Everton but
Moyes once again left it late (74 mins) to make the obvious change, with
Rooney coming on as Leeds started to finally exert their grip on the game.
It seemed too late, but not for .... WAYNE ROONEY!!!! A fantastic
individual goal, he picked the ball off Carsley, skipped past Radebe,
driving it past Robinson and just inside the post for a superb, superb
effort. YES! Que Evertonians everywhere to go totally
David Moyes's game plan had once again paid off brilliantly, with a
very solid and confident team line-up performing with admirable competence
and skill to soften up Dirty Leeds and set the stage perfectly for the
young Rooney. Radzinski once again ran the opposition defence ragged
and should really have scored a hatful, but it didn't matter: one goal was
always going to be enough, as Everton proved last week against West Ham.
Everton played the game out, and the 4 minutes of added time, with
continuous chants of "Rooney, Rooney, Rooney" from the raucous
4,000 Everton fans who were there to witness the slaying of the Elland
Road demon by our 17-year-old wizard... WAYNE ROONEY!
After 4 Nov 2002
Quite a while ago really. Was Rooney's dad even born?
Leeds play a EUFA Cup game in about 4 hours as I write this so we
can hope to catch their players slightly jaded by their
Same again will undoubtedly be the order of the day from Moyes
� and who can blame him?
Viduka is forcing his way back in to El Tel's team � and, quite
frankly, why did Tel ever drop him? An excellent player with a
excellent combination of strength, guile and touch. Whilst he
undoubtedly looks disinterested at times, his ability is beyond
Fortunately, Fowler had a set back on his attempted return from
injury so he is unlikely to figure. Michael Bridges on the
other hand looks like being involved.
Their backline is still missing Rio and, with Matteo also out,
there doesn't appear to be the same solidity that they have
benefited from in the last few years.
After facing Seaman and James in his last two games and coming
out looking better than both, Richard Wright now faces young England
pretender Paul Robinson. If Wrighty comes out on top of this
battle, then Everton are very likely to come away with at least a
Undoubtedly a tough game for us but, again, if we can hang in
there with 30 mins to go, then the combination of a nervous crowd
and slightly tired legs could give us the advantage.
Prediction: 1-1 with Campbell back on the score sheet.