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Wednesday, 8 March, 2000, 15:20 GMT
Leeds prepared for Roman conquest
McPhail
McPhail is back after a four week lay-off
Leeds v Roma - Thursday March 9, 20:00 GMT
First leg: 0-0

Leeds' Uefa Cup campaign goes into overdrive on Thursday, as Italian giants Roma arrive for the second leg of their fourth round tie.

With the score goalless after the first game last week, David O'Leary's men know they are within touching distance of a showdown with Slavia Prague.

The Czech side overcame Udinese on Tuesday night and now await the winners of the Elland Road clash.

United go into the return leg on the back of an impressive 3-0 Premiership win at Coventry.

Midfielder Stephen McPhail believes that the performance will serve as an impetus for the team to go on and prove a point against Roma.

"It's important we won that game because it's given us a psychological boost. Going into this game we've now got a lot of confidence," said McPhail.

"For the lads up front who scored the goals - Michael Bridges, Harry Kewell and Jason Wilcox - it will have helped them and hopefully they'll all now go on a bit of a run.

"We're setting out our stall to attack them early on and we're going for the win. We'll take a few goals on Thursday, without a doubt."

Injury doubts

Republic of Ireland star McPhail has just returned from injury after a four week lay-off due to a hamstring injury and was disapointed at missing the first leg, although he was pleased with the performance by his team-mates.

"Obviously at the time I was wishing I had been out there. It's always hard watching games on telly when you know you could be playing," said McPhail.

"But it was still a good game to watch and in the end I thought we came away with a good result, especially given the number of chances they had."

O'Leary has injury doubts with winger Jason Wilcox, who has a groin injury, and Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate, who both have calf problems - but the trio should be fit in time for Thursday's clash.

Roma boss Fabio Capello has his own problems and may have to do without the services of influential captain Francesco Totti and Brazilian right-back Cafu.

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