Tottenham Hotspur 2 Leeds United 1

Last updated : 01 September 2003 By FootyMAD

Spurs were desperate for their first points of the season and they got them by showing the passion and fight that has been evident all too rarely of late and it was epitomised by their equalising goal.

Shortly before the break Jamie Redknapp set up Mauricio Taricco with an intelligent crossfield ball.

Taricco, 30, then ran down the left flank and tucked inside two defenders. As the Leeds defence continued to back off Taricco struck a fierce right-footed drive high into the top corner of the Leeds goal from 20-yards.

This capped an outstanding half by the Argentinian to the obvious delight of his team-mates who mobbed him.

Hoddle will be delighted with his team as they outplayed Leeds for most of a game which to be fair saw three terrific goals.

Alan Smith opened the scoring with a great strike from fully 25-yards out after only four minutes.

Seth Johnson rolled a free-kick to the Leeds hitman who looked to have nothing on. Smith looked up and smashed the ball low and hard from the edge of a crowded box and into the bottom corner.

Spurs, stunned in to action, went on to dominate the first half and could have equalised on a number of occasions.

After the break Spurs started the much more positive and threatened the Leeds goal straight from the restart.

Helder Postiga came very close very early on as he turned the Leeds defence inside out with a terrific run from midfield.

Postiga danced his way into the box and saw his curling shot zip just past the far post.

Both Postiga and Frederic Kanoute, a substitute on the hour, found themselves unmarked in the box only to waste their chances with poor headers.

Kanoute, a £3.5m summer signing, was making his debut for Spurs.

Ten minutes into his first Spurs game the young striker gave Spurs the lead with a stunning effort.

Kanoute neatly took down a Stephen Carr free-kick that Mark Viduka failed to clear and, from 12-yards out, scored with a well-executed overhead-kick with his back to goal.

There was nervous moments before the final whistle, as Leeds pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but with Ledley King and Dean Richards at the heart of the defence, Spurs held on.