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Elland Road (ATT 18,881) 18th October 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Jones

Leeds Leeds United vs Southampton So'ton

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So'ton 1

Leeds continue good run

By Mark Townsend.   Last Updated: 18/10/05 4:28pm

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Rob Hulse was again on target as Leeds beat Southampton 2-1 to claim a third win in four games and consolidate their fourth place in the Championship.

The home side scored twice within the first 19 minutes before the visitors, who had drawn their last eight games, hit back through 16-year-old Theo Walcott but they were unable to fashion an equaliser.

Hulse, who almost scored in the first minute, struck after just four minutes when he planted a firm header from a Gray Kelly free-kick past Antti Niemi.

Walcott and Ricardo Fuller proved a lively partnership for Harry Redknapp's men and the pair combined well after seven minutes but the youngster shot straight at Neil Sullivan.

Leeds doubled their lead after 19 minutes when Robbie Blake curled in a superb effort from 20 yards for his second of the campaign but the Saints soon hit back.

Walcott atoned for his earlier miss when he got the better of home skipper Paul Butler and dispatched the ball past Sullivan.

The teenager saw another effort sail narrowly wide after the restart before Blake almost made it 3-1 but his free-kick, awarded after Eddie Lewis was fouled, crashed against the upright.

Walcott, again, almost levelled after 73 minutes but he fired over from 12 yards after substitute Kenwyne Jones' shot was parried.

Saints midfielder Dennis Wise, who has been the subject of recent speculation over the manager's position at Elland Road, missed the game with a nagging foot injury.

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Sky Bet Championship

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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