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Woot! Woot! Bloody Head Kisnorbo!

He was part of one his club’s most famous victories, but Socceroos defender Patrick Kisnorbo will have only memories and not a souvenir to take away from Leeds United’s stunning 1-0 FA Cup upset over Manchester United. Kisnorbo was outstanding in defence, dealing with United stars Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Ryan Giggs and Michael Owen. After the match, Kisnorbo, who played with South Melbourne in the old NSL, tried to swap his blood-spattered Leeds shirt for a Red Devils shirt. ”It was a bit of a surreal moment. You dream about these opportunities – to actually fulfil something you’ve dreamt of as a little kid, it’s fantastic,” Kisnorbo told Sky Sports Radio. ”Today I fulfilled a dream. It was a fantastic moment in my career. Source

Leeds produced one of the biggest recent Cup upsets by knocking out 11-time winners United 1-0 with a Jermaine Beckford strike in their third-round clash at Old Trafford.

Kisnorbo was outstanding as he kept United stars Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen quiet, despite his side now playing in the third-tier of English football.

Aiding the central defender was fellow Australian Neil Kilkenny, who played the whole match against United’s star-studded midfield.

The 28-year-old Kisnorbo threw himself into everything and left the field bandaged, bleeding from the head, but surely a step closer to a place in the Socceroos’ World Cup squad.

While other fringe-dwelling Socceroos state their case in the Asian Cup qualifier against Kuwait in Qatar on Thursday (AEDT), centre-back Kisnorbo can now claim to have proved himself against top international opposition.

He will also have another chance to do so when his side play Premier League side Tottenham in the next round.

Spurs boast England strikers Jermaine Defoe and Peter Crouch, as well as dangerous Irish star Robbie Keane.

Kisnorbo was quickly contacted by some of those involved in the Socceroos’ match in the Middle East, recognising his efforts.

“I got a few texts from the Australian set-up there congratulating me which is really nice of them to be following the game,” Kisnorbo told Sydney’s Sky Sports Radio.

“It’s a big year coming up, World Cup and all. But my main aim is to concentrate on (Leeds) and play as many games as I can, do the best I can in every game, and let the World Cup take care of itself.

“I don’t look too far ahead. If that opportunity comes to go to the World Cup, I’ll deal with it then.”

Kisnorbo has had an impressive season for Leeds in their march to the top of English League One.

He has also held his own in recent Socceroos appearances, helping erase memories of his horror 2007 Asian Cup. Source

Woot! Woot! Bloody Head!

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