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"West Ham dominated the second half"
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Sunday, 14 May, 2000, 17:09 GMT 18:09 UK
Leeds head for Champions League

West Ham 0-0 Leeds United

Leeds United qualified for the Champions League despite being held to a goalless draw by West Ham at Upton Park.

The Elland Road club had neighbours Bradford City to thank for helping them secure third place in the final Premierhship table after they beat Liverpool 1-0 to guarantee their own status in the top-flight.

Former Elland Road favourite David Wetherall scored the goal that beat Liverpool and helped put Leeds into the Champions League next season.

The last six weeks we've been like a ship that has got three quarters of the way across the ocean and then the engine has gone, but we managed to limp into port

David O'Leary
David O'Leary's young side arrived in east London knowing a win would secure third spot in the Premiership regardless of what nearest challengers Liverpool did at Bradford.

Despite needing a favour from the Bantams to keep them in third spot, Leeds feel it was justice done after long hard season in which they challenged Manchester United for the title before slipping back and ending with no actual silverware.

Despite dominating for long stretches on a humid afternoon, Leeds were unable to find a way through as Harry Kewell, Michael Bridges and Alan Smith were closely guarded.

Wilcox had the first sight of goal in the second minute but his header from Gary Kelly's cross was safely over Stephen Bywater's crossbar.

Leeds were enjoying the majority of the possession but clear-cut chances were at a premium as West Ham fought hard to go out on a high in front of their own supporters.

West Ham's first opening came on 16 minutes as Steve Potts tried to find Frederic Kanoute with a delicate chip into the area but Nigel Martyn was quickly off his line to gather.

It was a game both teams wanted to win and we worked very hard, I was delighted with the players' attitude, we made it hard for them and played some good stuff

Harry Redknapp
Paulo Wanchope came closest to the opener after 22 minutes, flashing a drive past Martyn's far post after being put through by Di Canio, while at the other end John McPhail screwed a left-foot volley wide.

Kewell began the second half with a speculative long-range effort that flew well wide while the Leeds fans were still celebrating news that Bradford were leading 1-0 at half-time.

Lucas Radebe then also miscued with a spectacular overhead kick from McPhail's corner before a moment of hesitation almost cost Leeds dear.


West Ham: Bywater, Margas, Ferdinand, Stimac, Potts, Sinclair, Foe, Moncur, Di Canio, Wanchope, Kanoute. Subs: Feuer, A. Newton, McCann, Alexander, Forbes.

Leeds: Martyn, Kelly, Woodgate, Radebe, Mills, Jones, Bakke, McPhail, Wilcox, Bridges, Kewell. Subs: Robinson, Bowyer, Huckerby, Smith, Duberry.

Referee: G Barber (Tring)

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