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Elland Road (ATT 38,234) 8th May 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Salisbury

Leeds Leeds United vs Bristol Rovers Bristol R

Leeds 2

M Gradel (S/O 34)
J Howson (59)
J Beckford (63)

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Bristol R 1

D Duffy (48)

Leeds are promoted

Leeds clinch promotion

Grayson's ten-man side pull off historic win

By Hayley Paterson.   Last Updated: 09/05/10 9:12am

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Beckford: Match-winner

Beckford: Match-winner

Leeds United will be playing their football in the Championship next season after securing promotion with a 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers.

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Simon Grayson's men pulled off a historic comeback despite being down to ten men when Max Gradel received his marching orders for a clash with Daniel Jones.

Darryl Duffy threatened to spoil the pre-promotion party for Leeds, who needed the win to secure second spot, when he scored for the visitors just after the interval after latching on to a Joe Kuffour pull-back.

But the tense atmosphere at Elland Road soon returned to jubilation when strikes from Jonny Howson and top scorer Jermaine Beckford four minutes after good work from Bradley Johnson later clinched the coverted automatic promotion place for United.

Thousands of fans pelted on to the pitch as the final whistle blew to celebrate their hard-fought win in a nail-biting encounter.

After three seasons in English football's third tier, Leeds had their promotion hopes in their own hands knowing a win would definitely see them up ahead of Milwall and Swindon who faced each other.

The West Yorkshire club had missed out in the play-offs for the last two seasons, but Grayson's men made sure of their newly-crowned Championship status at the third time of asking.

However in a tense affair the three-time champions of England, who were in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals just nine years ago, looked in danger of squandering promotion when Scottish striker Duffy gave Rovers a 48th minute lead after Leeds winger Gradel had been sent off in the 34th minute for violent conduct.

Fine finish

Super sub Howson raised the roof off of Elland Road just before the hour mark as 38,000 fans erupted when his fine finish nestled in the back of the net.

Beckford wasted no more time in getting on the scoresheet when he struck in the 63rd minute to send United on their way to promotion alongside League One champions Norwich City.

Before Leeds's fightback, Millwall briefly looked set to finish second as they beat Swindon at The New Den thanks to Steve Morison's double and a Gordon Greer own goal.

However the Lions had to settle for third and a play-off meeting with sixth-placed Huddersfield, who lost 2-1 at Exeter.

Swindon will meet Charlton in the play-offs after the Addicks' 2-0 win at Oldham secured fourth place.

At the other end of the table, Gillingham joined Stockport, Southend and Wycombe in being relegated to League Two after a 3-0 loss at Wycombe.

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Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 93
2 Brentford 42 87
3 Leyton Orient 42 80
4 Rotherham United 42 79
5 Preston North End 42 79
6 Peterborough United 42 67
7 Swindon Town 42 60
8 Milton Keynes Dons 42 58
9 Port Vale 42 57
10 Walsall 42 56
11 Sheffield United 41 56
12 Crawley Town 41 52
13 Bradford City 42 50
14 Bristol City 42 50
15 Coventry City 42 49
16 Gillingham 42 48
17 Oldham Athletic 41 47
18 Colchester United 42 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 42 46
20 Notts County 42 43
21 Carlisle United 41 43
22 Crewe Alexandra 42 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 42 41
24 Stevenage 42 39

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