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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 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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