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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 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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