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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 Middlesbrough 44 84
2 Bournemouth 43 83
3 Watford 43 82
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 43 75
6 Ipswich Town 43 74
7 Brentford 43 71
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 71
9 Blackburn Rovers 42 59
10 Nottingham Forest 43 58
11 Sheffield Wednesday 43 58
12 Charlton Athletic 43 57
13 Cardiff City 43 55
14 Birmingham City 42 54
15 Leeds United 43 52
16 Huddersfield Town 43 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 43 50
18 Reading 42 47
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 46
20 Fulham 43 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 42 39
23 Wigan Athletic 43 36
24 Blackpool 43 25

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