Leeds 1 - Metalurg Zaporizhzhya 0

Last updated : 19 September 2002 By Elland Roader

The goal was especially sweet for Michael Bridges who created it by chasing Gary Kelly's long pass. It was his first taste of action since damaging his ankle against Besiktas almost two years ago and no-one enjoyed it more.

The Ukrainians had clearly studied the tape of Leeds' defeat at the hands of Sunderland because they came with the same tactics of getting ten men back with only the diminutive Irakli Modebadze up front.

And once again Leeds found it difficult to break down.

However, their lack of goals owed as much to poor finishing as to a failure to create chances with Jonathan Woodgate and Eirik Bakke heading over from close range.

The visitors were hoping to grab an away goal on the break and almost succeeded midway through the first half when Fabior Vasconcelos cracked a low drive but Paul Robinson got down smartly to gather it in.

While most of the Leeds side looked increasingly frustrated, Olivier Dacourt and Smith were at least getting stuck in and trying to make something happen although Dacourt went too far with one tackle and found himself in the book.

Smith was pushed further forward in the second half and almost broke the deadlock ten minutes after the break but his header was clawed away by Fabien Barthez lookalike Andriy Glushchenko.

As Leeds increased the pace and pressure, Harry Kewell produced a fierce drive that was blocked by the midrif of Denys Smirnov.

Terry Venables made a double switch in the 65th minute, bringing on Steve McPhail to prevent Dacourt getting a second yellow card, and to roars of approval from the Leeds fans, giving Bridges his first appearance in 23 months.

With the goal looking as though it would never come, Leeds finally made the breakthrough with ten minutes to go - Bridges chasing Kelly's lobbed pass and pulling it back for Smith to sidefoot home.

Lucas Radebe, who had been outstanding all night, almost rounded it off but his fierce injury-time volley from a corner was pushed away by the keeper.

Leeds: Robinson, Kelly, Radebe, Woodgate, Harte, Bakke, Dacourt, Bowyer, Kewell, Smith, Viduka. Subs: Martyn, Bridges, McPhail, Mills, Okon, Burns, McMaster.

Metalurg Zaporizhzhya: Glushchenko, Valuta, Raty, Klyuchyk, Visevic, Dodic, Vasconcelos, Milosavijevic, Smirnov, Akopyan, Modebadze. Subs: Zolna, Hansen, Zayats, Brdanin, Rodri, Lapko, Savinov.

Referee: M Vuorela (Finland)