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St. Mary's Stadium (ATT 30,173) 19th November 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: I Williamson

So'ton Southampton vs Leeds United Leeds

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Leeds 4

Leeds stun Saints

By Patrick Whyte.   Last Updated: 19/11/05 7:10pm

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Leeds United produced an amazing second half comeback to come from three goals behind to beat Southampton 4-3 at St Mary's.

Marian Pahars (27) and two Nigel Quashie goals (35, pen 45) looked to have given The Saints all three points. However, Paul Butler (71), Robbie Blake (77), David Healy (pen 84) and Liam Miller (86) silenced the home crowd.

Southampton's forgotten man Pahars poked home the opener from close range to give them a deserved lead on 27 minutes. Quashie's corner was not cleared properly and from Michael Svensson's looping header the Latvian pounced.

16-year-old Theo Walcott caused the Leeds defence no end of difficulty all day, and his surging run in the 35th minute set up the second goal. He went past Dan Harding and slid the ball beautifully to Quashie who stroked the ball home.

Southampton were then awarded a penalty just before half time, with Harding once again involved for the wrong reasons. He handled inside the area and Quashie dispatched from the spot.

Saints greatly impressed with their first 45 minutes but a series of changes upset their rhythm. Pahars failed to even make it to the interval, and Dennis Wise and Claus Lundekvam did not return for the second half.

However, they pushed for a fourth straight after the restart, with Neil Sullivan superbly denying Brett Ormerod and then turning away Walcott's low shot.

The turning point for Leeds came with the introduction of Healy who was not fit to start the match.

The Yorkshire club saw a glimmer of hope when Butler headed the ball home from a Gary Kelly corner.

Healy was then instrumental in their second when he squared the ball for Blake to sweep past Antti Niemi.

The Northern Irishman then pulled Leeds level, his ball into the box was handled by Danny Higginbotham, and he blasted in the resultant spot kick.

Southampton's cool first half performance was in tatters and Leeds exploited their disarray with the winning goal. Rob Hulse ran down the right and pulled it back for loan signing Miller to complete a sensational fightback.

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

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