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Vega: I don't believe it!

Posted on 2 October 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Ramon Vega is still scratching his head after Saturday’s madness at Elland Road.

The Swiss defender and his team-mates had a fine first 45 minutes against Leeds, rarely looked threatened by a team that had scored six goals in the Champions’ League three days earlier and led 1-0 at the break thanks to Sergei Rebrov.

It all changed after that though with an amazing five goals in 11 minutes at the start of the second half. Unfortunately two each went to Mark Viduka and Alan Smith and when Smith nodded home his second unchallenged from eight yards to make it 4-2 it was all-but over.

Vega reflected: “In the first half we controlled the game, were very positive, went 1-0 up, played well and were in control defensively as well.

“I don’t know what happened in the second half. The two goals came out of the blue because they were not proper chances - one came back off the bar and the other was deflected. The other two came from corners.

“I can’t explain it. We looked comfortable at the back. In the second half we were still in the dressing room in that 10 minutes. We gave them a lift, encouraged them to control the game and you can’t afford to do that here.”

The long faces at the end of the game reflected the feeling that we had blown a chance to take something back home from Elland Road.

Vega added: “We scored three goals in an away game and you have to go a while back to when that last happened, especially against someone like Leeds.

“They are flying at the moment, playing well in the Champions’ League, full of confidence and we could have managed a fantastic result up here. But that is football and we have to blame ourselves for that second-half performance.

“It is very disappointing. We could easily have won with the start we had and managed a fantastic result but now we have to look forward.”

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