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Elland Road (ATT 30,458) 16th October 2004 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Laws

Leeds Leeds United vs Preston North End Preston

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Pugh pounces to sink Preston

By Adam Marshall.   Last Updated: 16/10/04 4:10pm

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Danny Pugh proved to be the hero for Leeds as he fired The Whites to a 1-0 win over Preston.

The 78th-minute effort brought an end to a lengthy goal drought for Leeds and catapulted them into the top half of the table.

Leeds last hit the target against Swindon on September 21 and Pugh's close range strike will hopefully restore confidence at Elland Road.

The goal was the highlight of a turgid affair, with chances at a premium.

The match looked all set to end goalless when Brett Ormerod embarked on a run down the left before slipping the ball to Pugh who slotted home from close in.

Preston's best chance fell to Dickson Etuhu at the start of the second half, but his header lacked power, while Eddie Lewis saw a late free kick saved by Neil Sullivan.

David Healy left the field on 75 minutes, with Leeds fans handing the Preston man a rapturous ovation amid suggestions he could make a move across the Pennines next week.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26

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