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Clemence: No grudges

Posted on 29 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Stephen Clemence says there will be no grudges held at Elland Road.

The young midfielder was on the receiving end of Lee Bowyer’s atrocious two-footed lunge that sparked a 20-man brawl last season.

Clemence could line-up against Bowyer again on Saturday if manager George Graham opts to revert to a 4-4-2 system.

But he insists: “It’s gone now, almost a year ago. It was a bad tackle and at the time I thought it deserved a red card. That didn’t happen and it’s just one of those things, sometimes players get punished, sometimes they don’t.

“I’m not going into the game thinking about that, I’ll just go and there to give it my best. There will be tackles flying about but it will be nothing to do with what happened last season.

“I’ve actually roomed with Lee when we’ve been together with England Under-21s. We’re not friendly like that but I do know him. I haven’t spoken to him since though.

“He does get himself into these situations sometimes but as far as I’m concerned it’s gone and I’ll just try and do the best I can. If I go there thinking about it I probably won’t do as well as I can do.

“I don’t think any of the players will go into the game thinking about last season, we’ll just go there, try to do the best we can and try to take the three points.”

Clemence knows Leeds will be on a high after hammering Besiktas 6-0 on Tuesday. “They had a great result in the Champions' League but we’ve got to go up there and be strong, resilient and probably take a little pressure,” he added. “We’ll have to soak that up and hopefully catch them on the break.

“We’ve got some very good players going forward ourselves and I think we’ve been very unfortunate not to have scored a few more goals lately. One of these days someone will get a bit of a trouncing.”

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