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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 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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