In January 2010 the glory, glory days were back in an emphatic
way for Leeds United: no sooner had the League One leaders pulled
off an extraordinary FA Cup third round
victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford, than they
learned that they had been paired with Tottenham Hotspur at White
Hart Lane in the competition's next stage.
Tottenham had been one of the main beneficiaries of Leeds United's
financial collapse of the previous decade, signing a number of
former Elland Roaders during the fire sales that had been necessary
to ensure the club's survival: Paul Robinson, Robbie Keane, Aaron
Lennon and teenage starlet Danny Rose. Jonathan Woodgate had also
arrived in North London after stays in Newcastle, Madrid and Middlesbrough.
The pairing of the two clubs brought memories and inevitable
thoughts of 'what might have been' for United fans, and Leeds
manager Simon Grayson acknowledged as much in the days leading
up to the clash.
"I think, regardless of what's in the opposition squad, there's
a sadness of what's happened to the club and the decline... Not
so long ago this club was in Europe and they were in the top six
and wanting to improve to get to where they were 30 years ago
under the likes of Don Revie,
Billy Bremner and Johnny Giles.
"It is sad, but it's happened and you can't do anything about
it. We have learnt from the experience as a club. Now we are trying
to take it back to the next level and beyond. I would like to
think that the club had sunk as low as it could have done two
or three years ago when Ken Bates came in and saved it and, now
we are trying to get back up, make sure we never go to those depths
"We've got everything here that's geared to the Premier League.
All these facilities are from the Premier League days and we are
averaging gates of 25,000, which is really excellent. If we went
to the next level we would get up to 30,000, and beyond that if
we got back to the Premier League. But we've got to take things
one step at a time. It is a big club in the wrong division but
we are in that division for the reasons that we are.
"By the time we come to play Swindon [on Tuesday] we might not
even be top but that is part and parcel of the season. We have
been up there all season but Norwich and Charlton deserve credit
because they have been on impressive runs but we have still got
21 games to go and hopefully we can win the majority of them.
"There are tough teams and tough places to go but hopefully the
FA Cup can kick start the rest of our season.
"Whatever happens, we've just got to make sure we try to do the
same things we've done before. If we come off the pitch with no
regrets and still lose, then so be it. As long as we've given
ourselves a great opportunity to do the best we can then you can't
ask for more than that.
"There are a lot of people who like Leeds to suffer, but we are
trying to do something about that. We are not here to be popular,
don't get me wrong, we are here to win matches. If we win every
game between now and the end of the season and everybody still
hates us then I'm not too bothered, because we'll have achieved
our target of getting promotion and being successful. But I'd
like to think we're winning over the neutrals. There's a lot of
people I've met at games over the past couple of weeks that have
said we deserved to win at Manchester United and that the team
was a credit to me. That we play the game in the right manner.
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"That's encouraging. That's my philosophy as a manager, to try
to do the right things and entertain people and get people saying
nice things about us.
"Whatever side we put out can do more credit to the club and
get a positive result... I think this is
different to the Manchester United game in that the rivalry isn't
like that with Tottenham. They are a still a massive club, a top
six club, and I have a huge amount of respect for them and their
"We know it will be difficult because Tottenham will play a strong
team. We've had a slight dip in terms of results, but we have
a confident bunch here. We have to keep doing the right things
and working hard. We want to do ourselves justice and it's important
that the players come off the field without any regrets.
"When I look back at our last couple of games, we could have
scored a few goals on Tuesday (against Carlisle) and at Exeter
so as much as the results were disappointing, we played well enough
to get something from both games.
"If you look at Tottenham and how their season is going they
will want to get into the top four. They are one of a group of
sides who wants to win things. I don't expect them to make too
many changes on Saturday. They'll have a team of internationals
and it's a chance for the players to produce for them.
"Harry has won the FA Cup and they will be treating the competition
with a huge amount of respect, thinking they can win. They'll
give us the respect we deserve and hopefully we will do ourselves
justice and maybe get another positive result."
Grayson's Tottenham counterpart, Harry Redknapp, acknowledged
the revival going on at Elland Road: "They are a big club, with
crowds of 30,000. They have a great chance of coming up and Simon
Grayson has done a great job there. They could go through a league
next year and it could carry them into the Premier League easily.
They could be back where they were."
Redknapp gave former Leeds starlet Rose (19) his first senior
start with Keane on the bench. There were two other changes from
the side that lost 2-0 at Liverpool during the week with recalls
for defenders Alan Hutton and Sebastien Bassong. Vedran Corluka,
Ledley King and Wilson Palacios were the players making way.
For United, Patrick Kisnorbo returned in place of captain Richard
Naylor, who had damaged his hamstring against Carlisle, while
Michael Doyle came in for Mike Grella, with Robert Snodgrass being
pushed up into attack in support of Jermaine Beckford.
United did not go to White Hart Lane in the best of form: they
had not won one of the three matches played since Old Trafford
and earlier in the day Norwich's 1-0 defeat of Brentford had seen
the Canaries usurp the League One leadership that United had monopolised
since 19 September.
As with Leeds' visit to Old Trafford, the White Hart Lane clash
was televised live on ITV, with a
5.15 kick off on Saturday evening.
Tottenham were determined not to go the same way as Manchester
United before them and Redknapp had instructed them to pressurise
the visitors from the off. His players took him at his word and
the first twenty minutes saw them threaten to sweep Leeds aside.
Spurs were instantly onto concerted attack, pushing Leeds back
deep into their own half. They were awarded a free kick on the
right within thirty seconds of the start when Bradley Johnson
fouled Hutton. The Londoners could make nothing of the opportunity,
however, which ended when Gareth Bale's cross into the area from
the left curled tamely out for a goal kick to Leeds.
Snodgrass caused an early moment of anxiety for Tottenham with
a ball into the area for Beckford to chase. Bassong wanted to
leave it to his keeper, but his hesitation almost allowed United's
star striker in. Spurs were relieved to see the ball cannon away
off Heurelho Gomes for a Leeds throw.
Tottenham quickly regained possession and Defoe worried Leeds
with a dangerous run deep into their half before Neil Kilkenny
dispossessed him and got United back in motion. The Aussie schemer
fed Snodgrass whose hopeful ball into the area for Beckford was
overhit and gathered comfortably by Gomes.
It was evident in the opening five minutes that Leeds were intent
on making themselves difficult to break down, crowding Tottenham's
midfielders and snapping into tackles before the home men could
settle on the ball. Referee Alan Wiley had to call Snodgrass and
Jermaine Jenas together for some calming words after one spell
of intense pressure.
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As the sixth minute passed, Tottenham fashioned the first chance
of the contest. England striker Jermain Defoe ran onto a long
headed clearance from Michael Dawson, nodded it up and away from
Leigh Bromby and lobbed goalwards from 25 yards. Casper Ankergren
had to back pedal frantically to touch the effort over his bar
as it was dropping in. After the resultant corner was partially
cleared, Niko Kranjcar manufactured a beautiful 25-yard strike
which forced the goalkeeper into a wonderful diving save.
In the eighth minute it looked like Tottenham would secure the
early goal they sought. Gareth Bale's long throw into the area
from the left was nodded down by the towering Peter Crouch. Danny
Rose got to it but Michael Doyle came clattering into him with
his foot up as he flicked the ball away from him. It was a clumsy
challenge which made the decision a straightforward one for the
referee, who had no hesitation in awarding the penalty.
Defoe was entrusted with the spot kick, and sidefooted a low
strike goalwards. It was too close to Ankergren, who had guessed
correctly and palmed the ball away. The Leeds contingent in the
crowd, massed behind Ankergren's goal, erupted into exultant celebrations.
Bassong got a foot to the corner which followed, but Ankergren
confidently claimed the
Leeds, intent on holding a rigid defensive line, dropped deep
at the first sign of any danger, but they were starting to sit
a bit too deep, giving Tottenham's creative midfielders too much
time and space. In this first ten minutes Spurs were comprehensively
in the ascendancy.
Defoe had the chance to make amends for his penalty miss as he
seized the opportunity to break at pace into the Leeds area, but
his effort was diverted well wide by a diving block at the last
The fifteenth minute brought a 25-yard free kick plumb in front
of goal after Kisnorbo impeded Crouch. Bale's left footed curler
was on its way into the net until Ankergren hurled himself across
goal to divert it for a corner.
It was the nineteenth minute before Leeds had any possession
worthy of the name, but then they came smartly out from the back
with some accurate passing. When the ball was played up to Beckford
in the vanguard, he cushioned a pass back carefully to Snodgrass
35 yards out and the Scot sent the overlapping Howson away on
the right. He managed to evade Bale's rash tackle on the byline
before cutting back inside, but his cross to the far post was
headed away by Hutton.
As if offended by United's impertinent thrust, Tottenham quickly
returned to the attack. Hutton's raking ball forward to Crouch
brought a foul on the edge of the box from Jason Crowe who was
climbing all over the Spurs man in his anxiety before tugging
him to the turf.
Kranjcar took the free kick and sent in a wickedly curving drive.
Ankergren allowed it to bounce in front of him and failed to gather
as he went down to save. The loose ball sat up nicely for a Tottenham
strike, but Leeds scrambled it away.
After 22 minutes a ball forward
by Modric found Defoe. He was in yards of space and looked well
offside, but was allowed to play on. He carried the ball deep
into United's area and looked about to get in his shot until Crowe
intervened with a sliding tackle. Television replays later showed
Crowe played the man rather than the ball but Alan Wiley was satisfied
it was a clean contact and allowed Leeds to come away.
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At last, United were starting to get some meaningful possession
and having some joy in the Tottenham half. They held the ball
well in a 23rd minute passing move that took them across the pitch.
Johnson's cross into the area caused some Tottenham anxiety when
it ran across the box but there were no takers.
A minute later, Kisnorbo conceded a free kick in a dangerous
area, three yards outside his area, after holding Defoe. Ankergren
had to punch Bale's curling strike away as it arrowed towards
There was no relief from the frantic pressure and it seemed that
Leeds must concede soon; the white wave of Tottenham attacks was
United bounced back, however, and created some sustained pressure
of their own.
The 27th minute saw them fashion a chance after holding possession
outside the Spurs box when Doyle fed Snodgrass. The Scot cut onto
his right foot and sent in a curling strike which had to be parried
away by Gomes as it arrowed towards the bottom corner.
From the resultant flag kick the ball eventually came to Snodgrass
in the box. The winger turned this way and that to make space
before firing in a drive that was deflected for another corner
After 29 minutes, Beckford had his first decent moment of the
contest. From a long ball down the left flank, he turned inside
Dawson, and then cut outside Bassong to fire in a left-footed
drive, which drifted narrowly past the far post.
In the 32nd minute a back header by Bassong to his goalkeeper
invited a challenge from Beckford, but Gomes was quick enough
to gather. Seconds later, however, there was a golden chance for
the Leeds striker. Snodgrass curled a through ball past Dawson
for Beckford to run onto down the centre. His powerful left-footed
effort from 25 yards had to be blocked smartly by the diving keeper.
Five minutes later, Johnson fought back to dispossess Kranjcar
on the left and exchanged passes with Snodgrass to make space
for a shot, but his rushed effort sailed harmlessly into the crowd.
Tottenham were much the better team, dominating possession, but
United had given
clear evidence that their attack possessed a sharp cutting edge
and could not be taken lightly.
Just when it seemed Leeds had stemmed the Tottenham tide and
would get to the interval on level terms, the home side broke
the deadlock in the 42nd minute.
Modric sent the ball out to Bale on the left flank. He teased
Howson before dipping his shoulder and rounding him to cut a cross
back to the edge of the area. Kranjcar fired in a shot which the
off balance Ankergren could only get his foot to. As the ball
came out, Crouch poked it low into the corner of the net with
"little more than an instinctive twitch", according to the television
commentary. You could sense the relief all round White Hart Lane.
The goal did not deter the visitors and a minute later, Leeds
looked like making an instant reply after Kilkenny broke up another
Tottenham attack. Three United men came forward at pace and Beckford
could have had a shot in the centre, but teed up Snodgrass on
the left in space. His return pass to Beckford was collected confidently
by Gomes, but Spurs had been given due warning.
As the game ticked into first half injury time, Jenas fluffed
a chance to double the Tottenham advantage. He showed neat footwork
to get space in the box but ballooned his shot over the bar as
It had been an exhilarating and open first half, but as the players
went off, Spurs seemed to have set themselves up to finish United
off after the break.
The Yorkshiremen had struggled to nullify the human beanpole,
Peter Crouch; in the days before the match Simon Grayson had considered
fielding his own giant, Lubo Michalik, to counter Crouch's aerial
threat, but had instead opted for Kisnorbo and Bromby. Both men
found Crouch a handful and in the end had abandoned any pretence
of challenging him, opting instead to wait and contest the second
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But it was Leeds who resumed the more brightly after the interval,
quickly pushing into the Spurs half. Snodgrass deftly beat two
Tottenham men with a drag back and turn on the left to set up
an opening but Leeds could not capitalise. Jenas looked to end
the danger by passing back to Gomes but he had failed to see the
lurking Beckford. The striker beat the keeper to the loose pass,
but his touch failed him and the chance was gone.
Tottenham were soon back to set up camp around the Leeds area
and Bale threw himself to the ground to win a free kick on the
left off Bromby. Alan Wiley cautioned the United defender, but
it looked a harsh decision. The free kick was direct at the Leeds
wall so no serious harm was done.
In the 50th minute a long ball forward found Beckford in space
on the left and he cushioned the ball inside for the onrushing
Johnson, but the midfielder could not steady himself and the ball
cannoned off him and ran out for a Spurs goal kick.
Doyle was booked a few seconds
later for a minor offence as Tottenham came forward.
Combination work from Crowe and Snodgrass down the right earned
Leeds a throw deep in Spurs territory in the 52nd minute and the
Scot managed to hold up play thereafter to draw a corner out of
Snodgrass curled the flag kick in to the near post. Bromby got
his foot to it and flicked the ball goalwards, where it bounced
free off Jenas. Beckford reacted instantly, diving to scoop the
loose ball over the line for a totally unexpected Leeds equaliser.
The goal breathed fresh fire into the visitors and they were
quickly back into Tottenham faces; in the 55th minute Kilkenny
found bags of space to fire in a power drive from 25 yards, though
Gomes managed to hold onto it.
Harry Redknapp had seen enough and a minute later he brought
Wilson Palacios off the bench for Rose in an attempt to stiffen
the Tottenham midfield. But Leeds now seemed to be the equals
of Spurs and were brimming over with confidence. Their passing
was assured and accurate across midfield and Beckford was worrying
Tottenham defenders with his pace.
After 58 minutes, Crowe became the third United man to go into
the book when he took down the breaking Bale. He had little real
choice for the Spurs man had a direct run on goal ahead of him
if he had got away.
Johnson gave away a needless corner in the 63rd minute when he
could have headed clear and Bassong got in a smart header off
the flag kick, though Ankergren held it safely.
United were instantly back onto attack with a flowing move which
almost brought a goal. Snodgrass burst away down the right and
fed Kilkenny in the area, He backheeled the ball into space for
the onrushing Snodgrass, but under pressure he could only drive
it wide of goal as he stretched clear of the chasing Palacios.
The ball was quickly down to the other end and Kisnorbo tangled
with Defoe. The England striker took the Australian to the floor
and he grabbed the ball, clearly expecting the free kick. Alan
Wiley booked Kisnorbo for handball, though it looked like the
defender had just cause for complaint.
There was little to choose now between the teams with both pushing
hungrily for the next goal. Snodgrass and Beckford had their tails
up and Howson and Kilkenny were rising to the occasion in midfield
as spaces started to open up, with the home crowd growing increasingly
In the 68th minute Defoe got in a snap shot from the left but
Ankergren was down safely at his near post to collect.
It was too little too late for an exasperated Tottenham bench
and after 70 minutes Harry Redknapp summoned Roman Pavlyunchenko
and Robbie Keane to replace Crouch and Kranjcar in an attempt
to pierce the
Within five minutes the changes had paid off. Tottenham launched
an incisive attack as Palacios played a one-two with Bale on the
left and moved forward menacingly. His ball forward was meant
for Pavlyuchenko, but he stepped over it, allowing it to run on
to Defoe. The Russian international sprinted on behind Kisnorbo
to reach the perfect through ball from Defoe before sweeping coolly
into the corner of the net. A masterly goal and one which Spurs
were convinced would take them through to the fifth round.
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Tottenham were revived and much improved up front; one feared
for United over the remaining fifteen minutes.
But Leeds were still in the Cup-tie and in the 81st minute Simon
Grayson made his own substitution, sending on Luciano Becchio
for Michael Doyle, in the hope of a second equaliser.
That looked a forlorn aspiration as Tottenham continued to push
fiercely at the Leeds defence. After 81 minutes Keane nodded the
ball past Ankergren but his effort was disallowed for offside
against Pavlyuchenko who had supplied the cross.
A minute later Kilkenny became the fifth Leeds man to be booked
after he challenged Palacios as United began to show their frustration.
In their eagerness to score, it was understandable that they were
giving Spurs more space and Jenas was allowed to run unchallenged
thirty yards through the middle before Kisnorbo blocked his shot.
Then Hughes cleared off the Leeds line following a Bale cross.
After 86 minutes Keane was given time to set himself up nicely
on the edge of the Leeds box, but his drive was straight down
the middle and fielded well by Ankergren.
Bradley Johnson's name was added to Alan Wiley's collection in
the 87th minute after he nudged Hutton to the ground as both men
waited for a high ball on the edge of the Leeds box.
United were visibly wilting after a hard afternoon and before
the dead ball could be taken Simon
Grayson brought Aidan White on for Johnson to give them some fresh
legs. He was swiftly into the action as he came storming down
the left before a crashing Dawson tackle.
As the game ticked into the second of five added minutes, Hutton
was booked for impeding Beckford as he broke away. It looked like
that was the last of Leeds' opportunities.
In the 94th minute Beckford claimed a penalty as Dawson tackled
him as he ran onto a through ball, but Alan Wiley correctly ignored
the appeals. There was a different outcome a minute later, however,
after Howson's long ball was controlled by Beckford in the corner
of the Tottenham box. He faced up to Dawson and swerved outside
him, drawing a challenge from the Tottenham defender which sent
him crashing to the turf. The referee pointed to the spot, much
to Dawson's disgust. There were 26 seconds of injury time left.
Beckford, who had missed a number of important penalties for
Leeds over the previous couple of years, strode up to the penalty
spot himself, in front of the United fans. This time there was
no doubt as Beckford hammered the ball powerfully into the roof
of the net, utterly beating Gomes' dive and sending the Leeds
followers into ecstasy.
There were only seconds remaining before Alan Wiley blew his
final whistle to bring the action to an end.
If only for the melodrama of the finale, the game could vie with
the glorious victory at Old Trafford as an echo of United's vibrant
past. Leeds had denied a team playing some fantastic football
and come back from the dead with a show of resilience that had
once been the club's hallmark.
Leeds could have been dead and buried in that first twenty minutes,
but, inspired by Ankergren's penalty stop and rallying round their
defensive stalwarts, they came back from the dead to defy one
of the best teams in the country. Tottenham had seventeen goal
attempts, all but two of them on target, and could have been five
up before United carved out their first chance.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp was philosophical after the game, saying
of the late penalty award, "It could have been a penalty. It was
a tight one. I wouldn't argue with the referee. He's made an honest
decision. Sometimes you get them and sometimes you don't. Michael
took a chance and tried to win the ball. He did get a foot on
Somebody suggested to Redknapp that a replay was probably something
he didn't want.
It touched a nerve. "No," said the manager with heavy sarcasm,
"I look forward to it. I really thought it would be a good idea
with a minute to go. I thought, 'Give them a goal because I'd
like to go to Elland Road on a Tuesday night. I haven't been there
for a few years'."
After the game, Simon Grayson praised Beckford's coolness under
pressure: "The penalty was a great finish, he showed great composure,
and I felt we got what we deserved based on the last 70 minutes
of the game.
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"He must have nerves of steel. It took an eternity for the referee
to give the decision and there was a pause before it got sorted.
He showed good mental strength to finish it because he has missed
a few over the past 12 months or so. It shows he has confidence
in his ability and over the course of the game it was something
There were still rumours that Beckford would be on his way out
of Elland Road before the end of the month, but Grayson insisted
he would only be willing to cash in if the club received a 'crazy'
bid: "It would have to be a lot of money because we have turned
down decent money already for him. Jermaine wants to stay and
finish the job off.
"If someone comes in with ridiculous money - and I'm talking
a lot more than £2m - then we'd look at it again. But I've got
no intention of selling him in the window because it's too late
to get a replacement and he's too valuable to lose. I have said
all along I would rather Jermaine leave on a free and I wish him
well because hopefully in that meantime he's got us promoted.
Jermaine can only win because if he scores 15 to 20 goals until
the end of the season he will be linked with bigger clubs than
he's being linked with now.
"There's still an opportunity he might stay beyond the summer.
There have been a lot of twists and turns already. He put a request
in after the Manchester United game and has come off the list
now. He can leave in the summer if that's his choice."
The United manager continued, "It was a big result for us and
one we thoroughly deserved.
"It was a cracking atmosphere, they had a stronger team than
Man U in the last round and it was a big result. It was well deserved.
They started well, we expected that, we were on the back foot
and Casper kept us in it with some good saves, but even then we
were in the game and we had a couple of opportunities.
"At half time I thought we were unfortunate to be a goal down,
but I told them to keep believing. We had the bonus of an early
goal in the second half and we were the best team. We created
opportunities and passed the ball well.
"We said all along we have players who can create chances and
finish, and it proved. We stuck at it, because I would rather
have lost 4-1 than not having chased the game.
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"We have a group who have quality and desire."
David Walsh in the Sunday Times: "Much about this Cup-tie evoked
the game of our childhoods, the tumultuous atmosphere, fiercely
competitive tackling, the sense that only the Cup can produce
the ultimate one off match. The football, too, was terrific and
the suspense sustained to the death when Leeds' outstanding player,
Jermaine Beckford, won a penalty, picked himself off the ground
and swept the kick high into the Spurs net.
"It was Beckford's second goal of the match and after his winner
against Manchester United three weeks ago, his third against Premier
League opposition in two games. There are Premier League strikers
who take half a season to do that but Beckford is ready to play
at a higher level. He will stay at Leeds until the summer and
then the question is whether he plays in the Championship with
them or accepts an offer to play in the Premier League.
"What is certain is that Leeds are too good a side for League
One. They had looked good in winning
at Old Trafford three weeks ago but they were better yesterday
and fully deserve to be still in the Cup. Spurs did not play badly
and through a blistering opening 20 minutes they threatened to
"Somebody asked Harry Redknapp if that wasn't the moment to win
the game but he saw it as being simpler than that. 'We should
have settled it with a minute to go,' he said. 'We're 2-1 up,
if we keep the ball it is game over.' Teams do what they have
always done. Spurs attack, they always have, and after Roman Pavlyuchenko
put them 2-1 up in the 75th minute, the last thing on their mind
was pulling up the drawbridge.
"Instead they were flying into Leeds' half chasing a third, full-backs
overlapping, midfielders sprinting forward and it was so Spurs.
And Leeds, too, tend to be what they've always been. Before the
game, an army of fans marched along the Seven Sisters Road chanting
'Yorkshire, Yorkshire' and it was remarkable one word defined
them. 'We've got the desire to make sure we don't lose games,
that's in the locker of this team,' said Simon Grayson."
Henry Winter in the Telegraph: "This was another memorable moment
for a club refinding their feet. Little details showed Leeds United
have something special. It was the cheeky wink that Beckford gave
Gomes after a first half save. It was Patrick Kisnorbo telling
the players as the clock ran down to 'keep going and we'll get
one'. They did. Fouled by Michael Dawson, Beckford slammed home
a penalty in the sixth minute of Fergie time, forcing the replay.
'Becks is just a clinical finisher and he's rapid,' said Casper
Ankergren, whose early saves from Defoe and Bale had kept Leeds
in the tie. 'Sometimes people say he doesn't work too hard but
what do you want? Do you want the goals or do you want a striker
who works hard? For example, Luciano [Becchio], when he plays
with him, Luciano puts in a great effort and works really, really
hard. I prefer the goals.'
"Kisnorbo spoke of Beckford's 'great movement', adding that the
striker 'proved against Spurs he can play in the Premier League'.
Everton and Aston Villa are currently being linked with Beckford.
"There is just over a week to go before the window shuts and we
are not looking to let him go,' Grayson said. 'If someone offers
me £10 million then maybe we would want to do something. Beckford's
goals are more important to us than money; and if he scores the
goals we will end up getting the
money by getting into the Championship.'
"If Beckford's stock is hurtling skywards, so is Grayson's. The
Leeds manager's decision to insert Robert Snodgrass in the hole
behind Beckford bemused Spurs. Spurs did not know what to do with
him at times,' said Grayson.
"As well as this tactical nous, Grayson's demeanour has impressed
his players. 'He's very calm,' said Ankergren. 'He's very respected
because of that. I don't like managers who hammer the players
at training. He doesn't need to raise his voice.' The only thing
Grayson raises is expectation.
"As Leeds fans danced off into the London night, Grayson himself
was keeping his players' feet on the ground. 'Swindon on Tuesday
night,' he reminded them, ordering an immediate shift of focus."
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