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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 December 2005, 22:22 GMT
Stoke 0-1 Leeds
Eddie Lewis' goal secured Leeds victory in a game that was dominated by Stoke.

Paul Gallagher had a penalty saved by Leeds goalkeeper Neil Sullivan, who late on pushed substitute Hannes Sigurdsson's shot onto the woodwork.

And with 22 minutes remaining Jonathan's Douglas cross from the right somehow evaded the Stoke defence, leaving Lewis to score from five yards.

Stoke's luck was summed up in stoppage time when Michael Duberry's close-range effort come back off the bar.


  • Stoke assistant manager Jan do Koning:

    "There was only one team that deserved to win and that was us.

    "It was the same as against Burnley on Boxing Day. In the second half at Turf Moor we didn't control it but for the whole game we were better than Leeds.

    "The only thing we didn't do was score the goal and everyone at the club, the management and the players, are all very disappointed."

  • Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell:

    "To get promoted you need Lady Luck to smile on you, and the physical desire for a fight if you need one, then you can win it by good football.

    "It's a whole raft of things and the players are showing the work ethic and the desire to put their body on the line when they need to.

    "But we've got skill as well with the likes of Eddie Lewis, David Healy and Robbie Blake, who can open people up."


    Stoke: Simonsen, Halls (Buxton 75), Duberry, Hoefkens, Broomes (Sigurdsson 82), Gallagher, Russell, Brammer, Chadwick, Bangoura, Sidibe.
    Subs Not Used: de Goey, Sweeney, Henry.

    Booked: Chadwick, Gallagher.

    Leeds: Sullivan, Kelly, Butler, Kilgallon, Harding, Lewis, Douglas, Derry, Cresswell, Healy (Miller 66), Blake (Hulse 82).
    Subs Not Used: Pugh, Richardson, Bennett.

    Goals: Lewis 69.

    Att: 20,408

    Ref: M Halsey (Lancashire).




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