On This Day – September 28th 2003
The visitors had suffered a 4-0 reverse in their previous away game against Leicester and they were soon on the backfoot again, with the Blues’ new signing James McFadden orchestrating the play on his full debut.
The only surprise was that it took the home side 26 minutes to take the lead with Watson opening his account for the afternoon in emphatic fashion. Two goals in two minutes then made it a miserable return for Reid, Watson lobbing keeper Paul Robinson from 35 yards and Duncan Ferguson heading home from six yards out.
Leeds made three changes at the interval, one of them being the introduction of future Everton player Aaron Lennon, but they fell further behind on 52 minutes as Watson claimed his hat-trick. From then on, it was a matter of trying to limit any further damage but the defeat saw them fall into the drop zone.
The campaign didn’t improve for Reid’s side and after a 6-1 defeat at Portmouth in November, he was sacked and replaced by legendary player Eddie Gray. But he couldn’t stop the rot and the club was relegated at the end of the season, though Everton didn’t fare much better, finishing just one place above the bottom three.
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