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Elland Road (ATT 21,318) 22nd November 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: T Bates

Leeds Leeds United vs Burnley Burnley

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Blake bullet for Leeds

By Alex Dunn.   Last Updated: 22/11/05 5:12pm

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Robbie Blake haunted his former club Burnley as his superb free-kick helped Leeds to a 2-0 win at Elland Road.

Just two places separated the two sides at the onset but it was Leeds who cemented their position in the top four, after first David Healy broke the deadlock from the penalty spot and then Blake added a personal touch to proceedings.

Burnley had started the brighter, with Nathan Dyer impressing on his first start, but Leeds soon signalled their intent on 14 minutes when Matthew Kilgallon's header struck the bar from Eddie Lewis' left wing delivery.

Thereafter and it was all Burnley as Neil Sullivan denied James O'Connor with a fine save before Frank Sinclair, Dyer and John McGreal all went close to opening the scoring.

Ten minutes after the interval Leeds made the breakthrough when the tricky Lewis was dumped in the penalty area by Burnley defender Michael Duff.

Healy dispatched with customary calm, although Brian Jensen did get his hand to the ball, as it sneaked into the bottom right corner.

Burnley were unfortunate not to find a leveller when Jon Harley's free-kick was ordered to be taken again, after the former Chelsea man had netted with a quickly taken set piece.

Dyer was again denied by an in-form Sullivan, leaving Blake to settle matters when he arched a 25 yard free-kick home in some style.

Matches

Table

Sky Bet Championship

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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