HODDLE DEFENDS SULLIVAN
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hoddle watched on in horror as Ian Harte`s effort bounced off Sullivan`s chest and into the net to gift David O`Leary's side a goal on their way to all three points and the lead in The Premiership.
Hoddle was understandably unhappy that his side gifted Leeds the win, but insisted that Sullivan is still a 'world class' keeper.
The former England boss said: "We've shot ourselves in the foot with the two goals we have conceded - it's as simple as that. I'm scratching my head wondering how we have lost the game.
"We didn't deserve to lose it. At 1-0 up, I didn't know where their goal was going to come from. To give two goals away like we did is a bitter pill to swallow. Neil and Dean (Richards) know they have made two big mistakes."
Speaking about Harry Kewell`s winner, Hoddle commented: "Dean should never have been heading the ball from where he was because there was no danger.
"To be fair to Neil, seeing Harte's shot at bench level the ball did swerve. But if it's not your day then the ball hits the goalkeeper and goes in the back of the net like it did. If it is your day then you get away with it, but mistakes happen in football. No one means to make them, and Neil has been excellent for us this season. He is a world class goalkeeper."