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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 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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