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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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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 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 45 87
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 45 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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