Thursday 02 May 2013

On this day: Bolton win sends down Leeds

Looking back at the history of the Premier League, we recall match that condemned Yorkshire club

  • Mark Viduka gave Leeds the lead from the penalty spot at the Reebok

  • Viduka then got himself sent off for two yellow cards in three minutes

  • With two goals Youri Djorkaeff turned the match round for Bolton

  • The defeat ended all hope of avoiding relegation among the Leeds fans

  • It was all too much for Alan Smith too

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 2 May 2004 - Bolton Wanderers 4-1 Leeds United

Leeds United went into the match against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium on a sunny Sunday knowing that they had to avoid defeat to have any hope of staying in the Barclays Premier League.

Six points behind Manchester City with a vastly inferior goal difference meant they had to take something back across the Pennines to Yorkshire and things started brightly when Mark Viduka put them ahead from the penalty spot after Emerson Thome had fouled Alan Smith.

But the hero became the villain when Viduka was booked twice within three minutes to leave his team a player short with almost an hour to go. That task proved impossible as Youri Djorkaeff scored twice in six minutes after break and an Ian Harte own goal and Kevin Nolan strike secured a win for Sam Allardyce’s men.

Three years to the day that they were playing in a UEFA Champions League semi-final Leeds lost hope of staying in the Barclays Premier League.

“I'm realistic enough to know that, over the season, we weren't good enough," manager Eddie Gray said. "Nobody has a divine right."

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Leeds were effectively relegated with defeat by Bolton