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Elland Road (ATT 20,075) 6th September 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: T Kettle

Leeds Leeds United vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

Leeds 5

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Crewe 2

Delph inspires five-star Whites

Leeds cruise to first home win of the season

Last Updated: 06/09/08 6:42pm

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Delph: Hot prospect

Delph: Hot prospect

Teenager Fabian Delph treated Elland Road to a virtuoso midfield display the day after signing a four-year contract as Leeds grabbed their first home league win in style by crushing Crewe 5-2.

Leeds were five goals up until defender Lubo Michalik was sent off in injury-time for violent conduct and Calvin Zola headed in Billy Jones' cross from the free kick before Eugene Bopp added another consolation goal with the aid of a deflection.

Delph showed immense promise against a Crewe side with only one league victory this season and he crowned the performance with a spectacular first senior goal to spark the romp.

The youngster's speculative 30-yard shot struck one post and went in off the other with keeper Steve Collis well beaten in the 26th minute and, 10 minutes later, Collis should have saved Alan Sheehan's long range shot from the left but could only help the ball over his head and in off the bar.

Delph was full of running and repeatedly had Crewe back-pedalling to make it a frustrating return to the ground for former Leeds striker Anthony Elding.

Jonathan Douglas increased the embarrassment for Collis with another goal from well outside the penalty box in the 49th minute, substitute Andy Robinson crossed for Jermaine Beckford to head the fourth on 66 minutes and Robinson fired in the fifth with eight minutes left when he curled the ball into the far corner from 20 yards.

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1 Bristol City 39 84
2 Preston North End 38 74
3 Swindon Town 37 70
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 69
5 Sheffield United 39 61
6 Rochdale 38 56
7 Barnsley 39 56
8 Peterborough United 39 56
9 Chesterfield 38 54
10 Bradford City 37 54
11 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
12 Fleetwood Town 39 53
13 Oldham Athletic 39 52
14 Gillingham 39 51
15 Port Vale 39 48
16 Walsall 38 46
17 Coventry City 39 46
18 Crewe Alexandra 39 45
19 Scunthorpe United 38 44
20 Notts County 38 43
21 Crawley Town 39 43
22 Leyton Orient 38 42
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 39 33

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