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The BBC's John Murray
"Leeds were certainly below form"
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Gareth Southgate
"They were probably the worst goals you'll see all season"
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Monday, 3 January, 2000, 21:40 GMT
Villa stun league leaders

Southgate Gareth Southgate puts Villa ahead


Leeds 1-2 Aston Villa

A double strike from captain Gareth Southgate helped Aston Villa to a shock victory at Elland Road, despite a breathtaking equaliser from Harry Kewell.


Match facts:
19 mins: Gareth Southgate stabs in his first
46 mins: Harry Kewell hits the net with an astonishing shot from 35-yards
62 mins: Southgate heads in the winner
The England international met two well-placed free-kicks from Paul Merson to secure a vital three points for Villa, who trailed the league leaders by 18 points before the clash.

Southgate's second came after a magnificent strike from Kewell, who just seconds after the break, fired a vicious shot from 35-yards past keeper David James.

It was virtually the home side's first chance of the game, with Leeds failing to trouble James at all in the opening period.


kewell Harry Kewell celebrates his second-half strike
Instead, it was Villa who looked the more dangerous and when Southgate struck on 19 minutes it was no great surprise.

The home side had opened the game with customary zest, but Villa became increasingly confident as the half progressed.

The Midlanders were constantly threatening to break and a Gareth Barry pass down the right found Alan Wright in space before three Leeds defenders raced across to thwart the danger.

In a disappointing opening period, Benito Carbone became the first player to force a save from either goalkeeper with a drive which Martyn scrambled away.

But mid-way through the half, Villa were not to be denied their lead.



It's been a good day for us and it comes on the back of a good month, we've had some good results recently.
Villa manager John Gregory
Southgate met a Merson corner only for it to be blocked by team-mate Joachim. The Villa captain recovered his ground, however, and stretched out a leg to prod the ball past Martyn and into the back of the net.

It started a fine period from the visitors as Merson and Carbone began to control the pace.

That is, until Kewell blasted a magnificent equaliser, just 15 seconds after the break.

Kewell shows his class

In what is sure to be a contender for goal of the season, Kewell picked up the ball from the half-way line, flicked it onto his chest and fired in a superb strike to beat James from 35-yards.

It immediately changed the tempo of the match.



You have to remember is that we missed a lot of players today.
Leeds manager David O'Leary
Leeds pushed forward but Villa, who have found goals hard to come by all season, refused to lie down.

Steve Stone attempted a low shot past the post on the half-hour, before Southgate again pushed the visitors in front, heading in his second from yet another Merson free-kick.


Alan Smith goes down under Gareth Barry's challenge
After Kewell's breathtaking equaliser, Leeds looked stunned to again find themselves behind.

But it was no less than Villa deserved as Carbone and Stone continued to plague Leeds' defence.

Villa could have gone further ahead just minutes later, had Joachim's shot, which beat Martyn, not rebounded off the post.

In truth, Leeds never looked like securing the win, and John Gregory will be praying his side can continue their revival after a dismal few months.

Teams:

Leeds: Martyn, Kelly, Duberry, Woodgate, Harte, Jones, Bakke, Haaland, Kewell, Smith, Bridges. Subs: Huckerby, Wilcox, Mills, Hiden, Robinson.

Aston Villa: James, Ehiogu, Southgate, Barry, Watson, Merson, Boateng, Stone, Wright, Joachim, Carbone. Subs: Draper, Ghrayib, Vassell, Calderwood, Cutler.

Referee: U Rennie (Sheffield)

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