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Sunday, 3 November, 2002, 16:58 GMT
Rooney sinks Leeds
Everton's Rooney jumps for joy after his sensational winner
Wayne Rooney is elated after his sensational winner
Leeds 0-1 Everton

Supersub Wayne Rooney came off the bench to give Everton their first league victory at Leeds in 51 years.

The 17-year-old sensation struck another superb goal within seven minutes of taking the field, crowning a great run with a low right-foot shot from just inside the box.

Leeds keeper Paul Robinson could do nothing to stop Rooney's 80th-minute effort but had earlier kept his team in the game with a string of fine saves.

But at the other end of the pitch, his team-mates carved out few chances and came no closer than a Jonathan Woodgate header cleared off the line.


The workrate of all the players allowed Wayne a bit of space to get the winning goal
David Moyes
Everton manager

Everton made the brighter start and created the better chances in a low-key opening.

Robinson had to tip over a Mark Pembridge free-kick as early as the second minute before making another three important saves before the break.

The Leeds keeper denied Tomasz Radzinski twice in three minutes just before the half-hour.

And he then kept out Lee Carsley, touching the midfielder's shot around the post.

Leeds had moments of their own, though, but came no closer than two penalty appeals, the first coming from Alan Smith in the 28th minute.

Referee Neale Barry waved his protests away and took an even dimmer view of Nick Barmby's appeal four minutes later.


The crowd's been a bit restless for a while really and we are hoping we can turn it round
Terry Venables
Leeds boss

The ex-Evertonian was played in by Smith but went to ground as he pushed the ball past Robinson, earning himself a yellow card for diving.

Leeds made a far more dynamic start to the second half and created a rare chance inside two minutes of the restart.

Barmby found space in the box but Richard Wright made a good save from the midfielder.

However, Everton quickly regained the initiative and Robinson again denied Radzinski with two more excellent saves just after the hour.

Tony Hibbert then cleared a Woodgate header off the line before Rooney made his match-winning entrance.

As he did against Arsenal last month, the youngster created an individual goal out of nothing, this time to condemn Leeds to a sixth successive game without a win.



Leeds: Robinson, Mills, Woodgate, Radebe, Lucic (Harte 45), Bowyer, Bakke, Barmby, Kewell, Viduka (Bridges 68), Smith (McMaster 81).
Subs Not Used: Martyn, Kelly.

Booked: Barmby, Lucic, Bowyer.

Everton: Wright, Hibbert, Stubbs, Yobo, Unsworth, Carsley, Linderoth, Tie Li (Naysmith 82), Pembridge, Campbell, Radzinski (Rooney 75).
Subs Not Used: Gerrard, Watson, Weir.

Booked: Unsworth, Campbell, Wright.

Attendance: 40,161.

Referee: N Barry (N Lincolnshire).

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