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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 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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