O'Leary under no illusions

 

Leeds manager David O'Leary believes George Graham will not be resting on his laurels tonight having already guided Tottenham to the English League Cup final.

Graham has only been in charge at White Hart Lane for just under five months, but has wasted no time in making his mark. Going into tonight's fifth round replay Graham's defensive-minded side have not lost in their last 13 matches.

But O'Leary knows that won't be enough to satiate Graham's hunger for success and desire for perfection. "Even though they are already in one final, George will be determined to get there again," confirmed O'Leary.

O'Leary will have central defenders Lucas Radebe and Jonathon Woodgate both available, with the Leeds captain having been cleared to play by the South African FA despite an African Nations' Cup tie in Johannesburg this Saturday, while the teenager has recovered from a knee injury.

Graham, meanwhile, will tell his players to "express themselves" and play with flair. "What I want the lads to do now is to try to forget about that Wembley cup final and start enjoying themselves and playing with a little bit more freedom."

Les Ferdinand has recovered from concussion and Justin Edinburgh from a knee injury, so Graham has a near-full strength squad to choose from.

Newcastle head to Blackburn for their fifth round replay with injury worries. Stephen Glass is out with a knee injury while Duncan Ferguson is still some way from a return, while Alan Shearer was conspicuous by his absence during yesterday's training session.

Blackburn manager Brian Kidd admits he will need to have a roll call before being in a position to think about his team. Kidd has an injury and unavailability list as long as his arm, although England winger Jason Wilcox returns after a three-match ban.