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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 Bristol City 14 32
2 Peterborough United 14 26
3 Preston North End 12 25
4 Milton Keynes Dons 12 23
5 Notts County 13 23
6 Sheffield United 13 23
7 Swindon Town 12 22
8 Oldham Athletic 14 22
9 Rochdale 13 20
10 Chesterfield 13 19
11 Fleetwood Town 14 19
12 Bradford City 14 19
13 Crawley Town 14 17
14 Colchester United 14 16
15 Leyton Orient 13 15
16 Barnsley 13 15
17 Doncaster Rovers 12 14
18 Port Vale 14 13
19 Gillingham 14 13
20 Coventry City 14 13
21 Yeovil Town 14 13
22 Crewe Alexandra 14 13
23 Walsall 14 12
24 Scunthorpe United 14 12

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