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Coca-Cola Football League Championship
Game 11: Saturday 14 October 2006

Leeds United 0 - 4 Stoke City
(Half-time: 0 - 1)
Crowd: 18173
Referee: T Kettle (Berkshire)
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Match Facts Leeds United Team Stoke City Subs
Neil Sullivan   Steve Simonsen
Gary Kelly   Carl Hoefkens
Alan Wright   Andrew Griffin
Matthew Kilgallon   Danny Higginbotham
Paul Butler   Michael Duberry
Jonathan Douglas   Salif Diao
Ian Westlake   Darel Russell
Shaun Derry   Rory Delap
Eddie Lewis   Lee Hendrie
David Healy   Mamady Sidibe
Geoff Horsfield   Vincent Pericard
Tony Warner   Andy Wilkinson
Hayden Foxe   Dave Brammer
Steve Stone   Luke Chadwick
Robbie Blake   Sambegou Banguora
Richard Cresswell   Ricardo Fuller
Match Reports
BBC Leeds 0 - 4 Stoke
The Guardian Carver faces up to reality after Leeds' horror show
The Sporting Life Leeds 0 - 4 Stoke
The Sunday Times Stoke pile on Leeds' misery
The Electronic Telegraph Home collapse looks like the end for Carver

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Carver faces up to reality after Leeds' horror show - John Ashdown

Copy from Football Unlimited of 16/10/2006.

The caretaker-manager position at Elland Road had offered John Carver the opportunity to pitch an irresistible case to be offered the post long-term. Instead, with Leeds United completely outplayed by Stoke City, his prospects look bleak. He has surely failed his practical assessment.

Carver admitted as much when asked whether Saturday's result had ended his chances of landing the job. "If I'm being quite honest, possibly yes, because I know what the standards are at this football club," he said. "I'm very disappointed and I have to take whatever comes. I know where I want to go, but the result certainly doesn't help my case."

The understatement of that last sentence was a theme of his post-match analysis. "We didn't do the basics well," he said. But in truth Leeds did nothing well, basic or otherwise. "The second half disappointed me, and I'm sure it disappointed everybody watching" was offered, but the rousing chorus of "You're not fit to wear the shirt" that rang out after Stoke's third - Danny Higginbotham heading past Neil Sullivan - smacked of more than just disappointment. City's fourth, by Ricardo Fuller, brought only stunned silence.

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