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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

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Fulham 21 25
15 Birmingham City 21 25
16 Reading 21 25
17 Huddersfield Town 21 24
18 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 21 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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