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England round-up: Keane returns to haunt Leeds

Published: Sunday 24 November 2002, 23.59CET
Tottenham Hotspur FC's Robbie Keane helped secure a 2-0 win against former club Leeds United AFC. features

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Published: Sunday 24 November 2002, 23.59CET

England round-up: Keane returns to haunt Leeds

Tottenham Hotspur FC's Robbie Keane helped secure a 2-0 win against former club Leeds United AFC.

Tottenham Hotspur FC forward Robbie Keane made one goal and scored the other to secure a 2-0 home English Premiership win against his former team Leeds United AFC.

Sheringham scores
Leeds, led by one-time Tottenham manager Terry Venables but without ex-Spurs player Nicky Barmby, injured in the warm-up, fell behind in the eleventh minute when Keane challenged for the ball with Teddy Lucic and the deflection fell into the path of Teddy Sheringham, whose shot from the right edge of the area curled inside the far post.

Fee pays off
Keane, sold by Leeds for €11m two months ago, made Spurs even more glad they paid that fee four minutes from half-time with another shot from the perimeter of the box, to secure a deserved Tottenham win to put the Londoners seventh, with Leeds back in 14th.

'A fantastic goal'
After the game, Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle - like Venables a former England national coach - paid tribute to Keane, saying: "It was a fantastic goal - a training ground goal - it is good when you can reproduce your training ground performances and be relaxed. Robbie was elusive and got on the back of people - against your old club you always have a spring in your step."

'Got to do better'
Meanwhile, Venables admitted: "Things have not gone as well as we hoped they would go. It has been very, very tough. The spirit of the players has been good but we have got to do better."

Valuable point
In Sunday's other match, lowly Charlton Athletic FC moved up to 15th with a 3-1 victory at home to Blackburn Rovers FC, their second win in a row.

Quick succession
Charlton broke the deadlock on 58 minutes when Paul Konchesky's 20-metre free-kick beat Blackburn goalkeeper Alan Kelly. But within 38 seconds of the re-start David Thompson levelled the scores with a powerful shot after being supplied by Andy Cole.

Rufus header
However, Charlton were back ahead Richard Rufus's long-range header from a corner restored the home side's lead 17 minutes from the end and, as the game entered added time, Jason Euell's spectacular long-range shot sealed the win.

Last updated: 25/11/02 9.25CET


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