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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 September, 2004, 21:11 GMT 22:11 UK
Leeds 0-0 Stoke
Stoke's defence earned them a fine point despite Leeds' best efforts.

Leeds' Frazer Richardson and Brian Deane applied early pressure before Ade Akinbiyi's shot from the edge of the box showed Stoke also meant business.

The visitors' keeper Ed de Goey was forced to make fine saves from Jermaine Wright and Stephen Crainey as Leeds stayed on top but failed to score.

The visitors soaked up all that was thrown at them as their impressive start to the season continued.

  • Stoke manager Tony Pulis:
    "We've got a bit of resilience about us and we work hard - so I'm very, very pleased with the result.

    "Leeds were raring to go after losing to Sunderland, and Kevin (Blackwell) and Sam (Ellis) would have got them up for this one - and they threw everything but the kitchen sink at us.

    "We played Burnley on Saturday and had most of the possession - so it was a change around here, with Leeds having most of the possession.

    "One defeat in eleven is very, very pleasing."

  • Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell:
    "The last two games have been thoroughly frustrating for one reason or another.

    "Inside the box, lady luck is just not smiling on us. We've got seven clean sheets, and that's the most in the league.

    "If that old lady luck had been with us in the box we'd be another six or eight points better off .


    Leeds: Sullivan, Kelly, Carlisle, Butler, Crainey, Richardson (Joachim 86), Wright, Gregan, Pugh, Deane, Ormerod.
    Subs Not Used: Carson, Ricketts, Spring, Duberry.

    Booked: Deane.

    Stoke: de Goey, Halls, Thomas, Taggart, Hill, Russell, Brammer, Clarke, Hall, Noel-Williams (Asaba 83), Akinbiyi (Greenacre 90).
    Subs Not Used: Simonsen, Neal, Henry.

    Booked: Taggart, Thomas, Clarke.

    Att: 25,759

    Ref: L Mason (Lancashire).





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