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Elland Road (ATT 27,995) 12th March 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Cowburn

Leeds Leeds United vs Gillingham Gillingham

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Hulse spares Whites blushes

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 12/03/05 4:59pm

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Rob Hulse was again the hero for Leeds United with his late goal rescuing a 1-1 draw for The Whites against lowly Gillingham at Elland Road.

The Gills lead through Chris Hope just before the break and really should have taken the points away from West Yorkshire with the home side woeful for much of the contest.

The visitors began the better of the sides, dominating possession, with Leeds struggling to exert any pressure on Stan Ternent's side.

In-form Hulse headed over from Aaron Lennon's hooked cross but that was Leeds' best chance in the first half.

The longer the contest remained scoreless the greater in confidence the visitors grew and it was inevitable they would take the lead.

After Gary Kelly conceded a free kick on the edge of Leeds box the ball was rolled to Hope, whose deflected shot left Neil Sullivan stranded.

The Gills almost made it two before the interval, however Sullivan made a good save away to his right to block Mamady Sidibe's shot.

Debutant Jonathon Douglas should have done better with his close range header after the break while Simon Walton was booked after his penalty claims were dismissed at the other end.

Both sides were down to 10 men on the hour mark when Michael Gray and Darius Henderson were sent off for clashing near the Leeds dugout.

Just moments after Michael Flynn missed a great chance to seal the win when he headed wide at the back post before Leeds were back in the contest.

Substitute Marlon King crossed from the right and following a mix-up in the visitors' penalty area Hulse was on hand to stab home for a share of the spoils.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 23 45
2 Ipswich Town 23 44
3 Derby County 23 42
4 Middlesbrough 23 42
5 Brentford 23 40
6 Watford 23 38
7 Norwich City 23 37
8 Blackburn Rovers 23 34
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 34
10 Nottingham Forest 23 31
11 Cardiff City 23 31
12 Charlton Athletic 23 31
13 Sheffield Wednesday 23 31
14 Bolton Wanderers 23 29
15 Fulham 23 28
16 Birmingham City 23 28
17 Reading 23 26
18 Rotherham United 23 25
19 Huddersfield Town 23 25
20 Leeds United 23 24
21 Millwall 23 23
22 Wigan Athletic 23 20
23 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 20
24 Blackpool 23 13

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