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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 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26

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