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All Things Footie | Wednesday, August 22 | Jordan

Midweek Fun & Games

By some divine miracle Leeds managed to make it as far as the 78th mintue with 11 men on the pitch - and dirty Danny Mills even managed to make it to the 88th. You may say that you can't argue with Leeds' tactics as they came away with 3 points but I for one hope that if they keep playing like that they get relegated, everyone injured with horrible, painful, long-term problems and Elland Road burns down. hope they get a really big telling off. :)

Luckily for the viewing public there were eleven men out there who were interested in playing football and to be fair, Leeds did well to hold them off. Nigel Martyn was superb and Rio Ferdinand was excellent too but with only three non-defenders on the pitch by the end of the game all the others had to do was stand there and get in the way.

For the record - I think the referee should make sure both sides are aware that a free kick is about to be taken (a subtle difference from waiting until the defenders are ready), which I don't think Jeff Winter did. It happened last year in Italy and Spain, on one occasion Fracesco Toldo was tying his shoelace when the ball was struck into the net. That kind of goal isn't fair on the defending or the attacking team - it's no achievement to hit a ball into an unprotected goal.

Winter was shocking, I can't say I've ever seen a worse refereeing performance, the game was out of control from the start and the first thing Winter should have done was get rid of Danny Mills, be it indicating to David O'Leary that it would be an idea for him to come off or just brandishing the red card early. At least that would have stopped him trying to injure anyone in a red shirt.

The rest of the Leeds team were cynical, mis-timed, brutish and completely uninterested in playing football. Though Viduka's goal was superb and Arsenal were to blame for not closing Kewell down early or getting a tackle in on Viduka.

Arsenal seemed afraid to shoot, trying to pass the ball into the net - a problem I thought Wenger would have addressed after last season. More blasts from 30 yards is what Arsenal need, it's not like Arsenal haven't got the players to score from that range.

Pires and Ashley Cole were undoubtably the stars of last night, Pires was everywhere - instigating just about every attack from both sides and through the middle. Cole's tackling was superb and despite being clattered all night from Mills, Bowyer and Alan Smith he popped up everywhere tackling with timing and poise and attacking with a sharp touch and instict of a striker.

In other matches Bolton earned a win against thanks to a superb goal from Michael Ricketts, and two strikes from Ipswich new boy Finidi George earned them a 3-0 win against a poor Derby side.

A quick ha ha to Newcastle for conceding four goals against Troyes, you really don't deserve to be in the UEFA cup boys. Well done to Villa from overcoming FC Basle and Liverpool knocking another 4 goals against FC Haka was hardly a surprise.

It's my birthday today so I'm off to celebrate! Thanks Arsenal for giving me a shocking 2-1 defeat to cheer me up.

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