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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 May, 2004, 18:06 GMT 19:06 UK
Smith send-off warms Gray
Leeds boss Eddie Gray
Leeds caretaker boss Eddie Gray admitted to never having witnessed scenes like those which surrounded home-town hero Alan Smith's send-off.

"I've never seen anything like that, but Alan's a local hero, a local boy, and you expect that," said Gray.

"He will be disappointed we never won the match, adding to the sadness for him in a way.

"He has been here since he was a kid and everybody knows he believes in the football club."

Gray insisted, however, that there is a future for Leeds beyond Smith, who has confirmed he will be leaving Elland Road.

He added: "Our football club has to look forward because it is bigger than any individual.

"We have to look ahead and think about the future and what we can do to turn it round.

"It was a game I am disappointed not to have won.

"We controlled it for long periods, but again we conceded some silly goals and that is something you cannot afford to do in the Premiership.

"We have done that too many times this season.

"The boys were quite relaxed going into this game, probably because they realised they were down and the pressure was off. It's a little bit easier when you know your fate.

"But that's what the top teams do every week. They play when there is something riding on a game but we have not done that often enough this season."

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