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Thursday, 13 February, 2003, 01:03 GMT
Everton pile on Leeds agony
Leeds fans demonstrate against chairman Peter Ridsdale
Fans demonstrate against Peter Ridsdale
Everton 2-0 Leeds United

Everton increased the pressure on Leeds United and chairman Peter Ridsdale as they cruised to victory at Goodison Park.

Leeds fans staged angry protests against Ridsdale as manager Terry Venables considers his future following the controversial 9m sale of Jonathan Woodgate to Newcastle United.

Key moments
56 mins: Unsworth puts Everton ahead from the penalty spot
68 mins: Radzinski addes Everton's second

And Everton, chasing a Uefa Cup spot, were in no mood to offer sympathy as second half goals from David Unsworth's penalty and Tomasz Radzinski gave them their third successive victory.

It was a deserved win which earned Everton their first double over Leeds United for 50 years.

My players deserve enormous credit

Everton manager David Moyes
Leeds supporters were not slow to make their feelings known about chairman Ridsdale and the Elland Road board before the kick-off.

They unfurled banners reading "Lies United" and chanted against the Leeds hierarchy.

But their discontent was not reflected in the performance of Venables' side, who produced a battling display in the opening half.

We played well in the first half, but it was a battle after that and we didn't react well

Leeds manager Terry Venables

Steve Watson - whose double gave Everton victory at Bolton - almost put Everton ahead before the disgruntled Leeds fans were given on the field action to concentrate on.

Harry Kewell ran 50 yards to connect with a Jason Wilcox shot, but his effort struck Unsworth.

Watson was almost on target with a trademark overhead kick after 21 minutes, but it was clutched at the near post by Paul Robinson.

The pace of Radzinski was troubling Leeds, but he dragged a shot wide early in the second half from a good position.

Moyes celebrates as Venables watches
Moyes celebrates as Venables watches

Leeds had more than held their own, with Kewell a dangerous presence, but Everton went ahead from the penalty spot after 56 minutes.

Radzinski went down under challenge from Danny Mills as they chased a 50-yard ball out of defence from Alan Stubbs, and Unsworth calmly stroked the penalty past Robinson.

The Canadian was on target himself 12 minutes later to leave Leeds deep in trouble.

China international midfield man Li Tie was the creator with an astute through ball, which allowed Radzinski to demonstrate his pace again before beating Robinson.

Everton coasted to the final whistle to continue their superb season under manager David Moyes.


Everton: Wright, Pistone, Weir, Stubbs, Unsworth, Watson, Li, Gemmill, Naysmith, Radzinski, McBride (Campbell 73).
Subs Not Used: Pembridge, Gravesen, Yobo, Gerrard.

Leeds: Robinson, Kelly, Mills, Matteo (Radebe 71), Lucic (Harte 45), Smith, Bakke (Milner 79), Okon, Wilcox, Viduka, Kewell.
Subs Not Used: Martyn, Seth Johnson.

Booked: Bakke.

Attendance: 40,153

Referee: M Halsey (Lancashire).

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BBC Five Live's Dave Woods
"It was Radzinski's pace that caused Leeds problems"
Everton's Tomasz Radzinski
"In the second half we were a new team"
Leeds boss Terry Venables:
"The turning point was the penalty"
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