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Alan Biggs
"Leeds were just too crisp and confident"
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Sunday, 12 December, 1999, 18:16 GMT
Bakke strikes early for Leeds

Just under 12,000 turned up for the game

Leeds 2-0 Port Vale

Norwegian Eirik Bakke scored his first two goals for Leeds in the second half of the game, as Leeds did not leave their goalscoring as late as they have done in recent games.

After two injury-time Premiership winners, Spartak Moscow were defeated with an 84th-minute strike on Thursday.

I don't want to expose him too much, but I have big hopes for Eirik - it's as simple as that
David O'Leary
But on Sunday Bakke struck in the 61st and 68th minute, in front of a disappointing Elland Road crowd.

Just 11,912 were there for the club's third home game in a week, with the FA Cup presumably failing to capture the Yorkshire public in the way leading the Premiership and progressing in Europe does.

Bakke, who cost 1.75m in the summer move from Sogndal, tapped in his first goal after Vale goalkeeper Paul Musselwhite had parried Gary Kelly's header.

Match facts
First half: Rougier denied by Woodgate
61: Bakke pounces for first
68: The Norwegian gets his second
His second strike was a nonchalant finish with the outside of his right boot.

The Norwegian was in the team because of the injiured David Batty's absence.

Vale took Leeds to a replay four years ago, and have also ended the cup hopes of Tottenham, Derby, Southampton and Everton in recent years.

From the start they went about adding a fifth big name to the list, with Anthony Gardner heading wide before Jeff Minto blazed over.

Huckerby challenges Port Vale keeper Musselwhite
Their main threat was Trinidad and Tobago international Tony Rougier, whose pace troubled Leeds.

After eight minutes he latched on to Lucas Radebe's weak header down the right channel and rounded Nigel Martyn, only for Jonathon Woodgate to halt his progress.

Alan Smith caused a flicker of excitement among the placid Leeds fans when he held off Gardner before turning and shooting just wide.

We started off OK, but their quality wore us down
Vale boss Brian Horton
Then on 28 minutes Ian Harte hit the outside of the post from 25 yards out.

And Bakke might have got his first goal just before half time, when he glanced a header just wide of the goal.

Kewell did his best to enliven a dull game on 55 minutes when he made a surging run from deep and his 20-yard shot was touched away for a corner by Musselwhite.

But Bakke scored as he followed up Kelly's header, before stabbing home a Harte corner.


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

Port Vale: Musselwhite, Gardner, Snijders, Burns, Brisco, Eyre, Widdrington, Minton, Tankard, Foyle, Rougier. Subs: Naylor, Butler, Corden, Bogie, Pilkington.

Referee: S Dunn (Bristol)

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