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Anderton's mixed feelings

Posted on 1 October 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Darren Anderton could not hide his disappointment despite his personal pleasure at Elland Road on Saturday.

The midfielder made his first-team return after just one reserve outing last week and only three weeks after initially damaging his groin against Everton.

The good news was that Anderton suffered no reaction after playing for a hour having replaced Les Ferdinand, who was stretchered off after a clash of heads with Lucas Radebe.

The England star admitted: “I didn’t expect to play for an hour so I wasn’t sure how it would go but it felt very good actually. There was no reaction whatsoever.

“Overall though the lads aren’t happy, the gaffer isn’t particularly pleased but we have a two-week break now and we have to get on with things. I thought we played well but bad errors cost us.

“There isn’t many times that you come up here and get a good opportunity to win. If you look at their goals they were from set-pieces and it was more down to our bad defending that they scored their goals. So of course it was very frustrating.

“I thought we played well in the first half, scored a great goal and felt we were on top. We came out in the second half but they scored a very scrappy goal and that gave them the lift they needed.

“So overall I’m pleased to be back, way ahead of schedule and delighted to be playing but disappointed with the result.”