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Southampton vs. Leeds United

St Mary's Stadium

21st April 2007

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Southampton V Leeds

Well, this is it. Leeds United enter what could be their final 3 games in the Championship. With survival still a massive possibility it's up to Dennis Wise's men to really show their talent. COME ON!

Manager Quotes

Leeds boss Dennis Wise has told of his players confidence as they go into the final stages of the relegation dogfight:

'The lads are very relaxed,' said the boss. 'They've done very well because they've been under immense pressure.

'A lot of things have been said about us all, but they've coped with it and they'll carry on.

'We were a bit adrift but we've caught teams up - that's what pressure is about. But they've coped with it and coped with it very well.'

Southampton manager George Burley has ensured the clubs fans that they are ready to soak up any pressure that Leeds will throw at them.

'We've got pressure because we need to win three games but I'd rather have this pressure than Leeds United who are fighting to stay in the division,' he said.

'Last season there was no pressure because we weren't anywhere near the top six. I'd rather be where we are now than last season, but there's always different types of pressure and we know we'll have to cope with it, be nice and positive against Leeds and I'm sure the fans will play a big part.

'It's going to be very competitive and I'm sure it will be a little bit nervy, but there's no doubt that 25,000 or 26,000 right behind the team will make a big difference.'

Southampton Team News:

Southampton have been hit by a season-ending injury to on-loan striker Marek Saganowski. A useful boost for Leeds considering the Troyes striker has scored 10 in 10 games for the Saints. Grzegorz Rasiak looks set to replace Saganowski.

Gareth Bale has a torn calf so sits out (no offence Gaz but WOOHOO!). Ostlund and Claus Lundekvam are also set to miss out.

Player to watch: Grzegorz Rasiak

This man comes back into the side with a major point to prove. Rasiak is a dangerous striker, Leeds need to be on their guard.

Leeds United Team News:

Alan Thompson will have a late fitness test to work out whether his hamstring strain will keep him out. Apart from that nothing new, ex-captain Douglas continues his end of season break a few games early.

Player to watch: The Entire Team

They've got a big job to do, lets hope they do it.

Useless Facts

Southampton is the birthplace of comedian Benny Hill.

Benny Hill's work was very much enjoyed by one Michael Jackson, who visited Hill as he recovered from a Heart Attack in 1992.

There are currently rumours flying around that Michael Jackson may be making a comeback in 2007 with collaboration with will.i.am, who is part of the Black Eyed Peas.

The Black Eyed Peas also have Fergie as one of their members, who unlike the ex-Royal version is a rather lovely young lady.

Ref Watch:

The referee for the game is L MASON. Mr Mason sent off the Macclesfield goalkeeper earlier this season as Chelsea destroyed Paul Ince's men in the 6-1 F.A. Cup round 3 game.

Match Prediction:

2-1 Leeds...we're staying up, I know it.

Next Up

After this one, Leeds play their final home game of the season against Ipswich on the 28th April.




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The Journalist

Writer: LUFC1 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 20 2007

Time: 1:13PM

Your Comments

I don't like all this pressure...ARGH!
LUFC1
Michalik's been recalled to Bolton
Geruish
Quiz question for you,Who was the first Aussie to play in an F.A cup final?
madmick1
Well it wasn't me!
LUFC1
Come on Leeds fans think.I will give you a clue it was in the 80's.You don't want to prove me right that all LEEDS fans know nothing about football do you?
madmick1
Second question,Which former Leeds players father was a Hollywood star?
madmick1
Well I thought you Leeds fans may have got these but no.I have give you 24 hours now.The first Aussie to play in an F.A. cup final was in fact ARDILES,and the former Leeds player who's father was a Hollywood star was Imrie Varadi,his dad was Oliver Hardy!!!!! sorry.
madmick1
For a United supporter....you don't half spend a lot of time talking about Leeds.
LUFC1
come on LUFC1,lighten up.i know your teams up **** creek but look on the bright side,Huddersfield's not far for an away trip!
madmick1
Agents Wise and Poyet are still doing a fine job! We all hate leeds and Leeds and Leeds................................
merlin
....................and Leeds and Leeds and Leeds and Leeds,we all f***ing hate Leeds!!!!
madmick1
All that proves, madmick, is that you spend longer under your Giggsy bedspread than the rest of us. Tell me how Oliver Hardy became Imre Varadi's dad, when Ollie died (aged 65, no less) two years before Imre was born?
Auckland Owl
I hope your luck changes, a club of leeds size should not be where you are. Denise Wise seems out of his league at your club.
gunnerb
Auckland owl,think about it you thick tw*t.
madmick1
Another crap mascot on the front page lol
yorkshirepride1
 

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