Reid Delighted With Batty Input

Last updated : 26 July 2003 By Kevin Markey
(At Ashton Gate, Attendance 7,603)
In fact he got the loudest cheers of anyone from the 7,603 crowd, as he made his first senior outing since coming on as a sub against Derby 15 months ago.

Okay, so it wasn't exactly a crucial game and he lasted less than an hour of what was mainly a practice match at Ashton Gate, but old war-horse David Batty can still raise a gallop and an almighty cheer from a travelling army of 2,000 fans.

Reid, quoted in today's Sunday People, said: "The biggest plus was having David Batty back. Everyone knows what a good player he is, if he'll forgive me saying, in his twilight years. He can still handle a football.

"He wanted to stay on but I thought it was the right decision to get him off when we made a few substitutions."

Certainly, the former England midfield enforcer looked sharp enough for a 34-year-old. He used the ball tidily and was always looking to hit front man Alan Smith.

Reid added: "I was pleased with the hour or so that he did, his fitness looked good and he made a couple of late tackles - but he got there as soon as he could!

"His attitude has always been terrific but it is still early days in his fight for fitness."

Reid gave outings to French trialists Joel Sammi, a central defender who filled in at right back, and Sebastian Rostoe, who came on for James Milner in midfield.

Leeds Utd: Robinson (Carson 70), Kelly (Sammi 57mins), Duberry, Kilgallon, Richardson, Milner (Rostoe 57mins), Batty (Keegan 57mins), Barmby, Wilcox (Singh 70mins), Viduka (Johnson 57mins), Smith (McMaster 70mins).

Bristol City: (1st half): Stowell, Amankwaah, Butler, Coles, Hill, Hawkins, Hulbert, A Brown, Bell, Roberts, Peacock; (2nd half): Phillips, Carey, Fortune, Coles (Jones 70mins), Woodman, M Brown (McGuire 65mins), Burnell, Doherty, Tinnion (Clist 80mins), Lita, Matthews.

Ref: M Fletcher (Worcester).