USA international winger Robbie Rogers from Rancho Palos Verdes, California made his Leeds United debut at 79 minutes and was carried off unconcious on a stretcher 10 minutes later after a clash with a Rovers opponent on the East Stand touchline, after both being attended by 15 medics.
Bottom of The Championship Doncaster Rovers have been woeful season, and only 3 players survived from the away fixture at The Keepmoat Stadium three months ago. However, it was the South Yorkshire team that shocked the Elland Road faithful with a brace of goals either side of half time from Malian striker Mamadou Bagayoko past Leeds goalie captain Andy Lonergan. The All white fans were incensed and chanted nasty things about Ken Bates and Chelsea bastards and booed their team. Rovers fans in the John Charles West Stand taunted new United boss Neil Warnock as he took his seat in the Directors Box at the kick off.
The former Queens Park Rangers, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United etc, etc, ...manager was seen chatting in the sunshine at a cafe near the Monte Carlo Casino on Friday morning with CEO Sean Harvey and owner Ken Bates, and while Bates has to stay in the tax free haven, Harvey and Warnock were back in town for the local derby. He has signed an 18 month deal, but says that he is willing to walk away if it doesn't work out. At 63 he feels that this might be his final and the most challenging of thirteen managerial positions, 8 of which he has managed to take his club up to the next division.
Warnock didn't pick the team this day, that was the job of short term manager Neil Redfearn who will go back to his job as Academy Director, while recently dismissed manager Simon Grayson is now going 20 miles down the road to take the reins of neighbours Huddersfield Town.
21,000 was the announced attendance for a local derby, about 7,000 or so less than should be expected, due to the negative publicity and dire recent performances. Premier League prices for Championship Fare is upsetting and ridiculous for some lousy football. As an example, the CHEAPEST youth tickets were 16 pounds whereas next Thursday, Manchester United are charging only 8 pounds to watch them host Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League second leg.
Back to the action! United hit back a minute after Bagayoko's second goal through Andy Townsend and ten minutes before what should have been full time Clayton equalized. Due to the serious injury 9 minutes af added time and we had the Argentinian bull like striker LUCIANO BECCHIO scoring a winner from 20 yards out to a deafening din from the faithful in a packed Don Revie stand and we all went home happy.... for the time being.
Well that wasn't QUITE THE END OF THE ENTERTAINMENT, The some time brilliant El-Hadji Douf of Senegal had bantered with the home fans. He has been banned and fined for spitting at opponents, ball boys and fans in France, Scotland, England and in Africa and was never out of trouble this afternoon. He argued with Ross McCormack after the final whistle and as both teams disappeared down the tunnel we saw Alex Bruce(son of Steve) sprint there looking for a fight and then a dozen or more police follow him to sort out the fighting.
Lets see what a new manager does for a disorganized team.