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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 May 2006, 16:08 GMT 17:08 UK
Play-off final as it happened
Result:

Leeds 0-3 Watford (1500 BST)


Goalflashes and major incidents (all times BST):

FULL-TIME: Watford celebrate as manager Aidy Boothroyd takes the side into the Premiership at the end of his first season in charge while Leeds will have to try again next season.

1450: A demoralised Leeds look beaten as they wait for the final whistle to put them out of their misery.

1445: GOAL Leeds 0-3 Watford
Watford virtually guarantee their rise into the Premiership as Darius Henderson slots in a penalty after Shaun Derry's foul on Marlon King.

1442: The game gets underway again with Watford once more on the attack and another set-piece causes Leeds problems but they escape as Eddie Lewis clears a Malky Mackay header off the goaline.

1638: There's a brief stoppage to the game as the assistant referee picks up an injury running the line and is replaced by fourth official Chris Foy.

1636: Watford look more likely to extend their lead rather than Leeds pulling one back as Hornets striker Marlon King powers a free-kick over.

1631: Agony for Leeds. Shaun Derry makes good contact with a header from a corner but sees Watford's Jordan Stewart make a goaline clearance.

1626: Leeds have little option but to attack and David Healy strikes a true shot but Watford keeper Ben Foster is equal to the task as he gathers.

1618: GOAL Leeds 0-2 Watford
A long throw-in by Watford finds its way to James Chambers who turns and shoots before seeing the ball loop off Eddie Lewis, hit the post and squirm in off keeper Neil Sullivan.

1615: Darius Henderson lets fly with an angled half-volley which Sullivan palms over.

1611: Leeds may be behind but it's their fans doing all the singing.

1607: Watford make no changes while Leeds bring on striker Robbie Blake for Frazer Richardson as the second half gets underway.

1550: HALF-TIME VERDICT by BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the stadium:
It's been a frantic opening 45 minutes at the Millennium Stadium but it is Watford who hold the advantage at the break.

Leeds, with only Rob Hulse up front and their widemen seeing little of the ball, seem short of ideas going forward.

Watford are not seeing much more of the ball but their attacking players have pace in abundance and that has been the main difference between the sides.

Every chance so far for both teams has come from set-pieces and the second half looks like being a keenly-fought contest with Leeds trying to find an equaliser while being wary of Watford's speed going forward on the break.

1547: Leeds have a free-kick from a dangerous central position but Eddie Lewis sends his effort from 35 yards just high.

1544: Sean Gregan rises highest at the far post but heads a diagonal Leeds free-kick the wrong side of the post.

1542: Leeds boss Kevin Blackwell and Watford counterpart Aidy Boothroyd, who were working together just over a year ago, exchange words on the touchline after the latest Hornets chance.

1535: Blackwell's tactics of lumping the ball to lone striker Rob Hulse are not paying off and some Leeds fans are already showing their frustration.

1530: The Watford players celebrated their goal in a huddle apart from Jordan Stewart who went over to speak to manager Boothroyd.

Boothroyd had been standing in his technical area for the first 25 minutes - only now has he sat down.

Leeds fans had been the noisier during the opening exchanges but Watford supporters still waving flags and banners following their goal.

Noticeably the Leeds half of the ground is a complete sell-out but there are masses of empty seats in the Watford end.

1526: GOAL - Leeds 0-1 Watford
An on-rushing Jay DeMerit heads in at the far post after losing his marker Rob Hulse to convert a third Watford corner in quick succession.

1514: Ashley Young shoots wide from 20 yards after a Marlon King lay-off in a match being played at a frantic pace with little time or space on the ball.

1508: Watford keeper Ben Foster leaves his goal gaping after failing to catch a long Leeds throw-in but his blushes are saved when defender Ashley Young diverts Shaun Derry's goalbound strike just wide.

1502: Darius Henderson has a great chance from an early Watford corner but does not get enough purchase on his header.

1500: The match kicks off after the playing of the national anthem and the players being welcomed vociferously on to the pitch.

1450: The players go into the dressing rooms for their final preparations while there is a sea of yellow and white in the stands as the supporters await their teams.

1440: The flags are waving and the fans are in good voice as the closed roof heightens the volume levels with the excitement growing by the second.

1422: There is a huge cheer from the Watford fans as their players come out to warm up for the game with the Leeds contingent already on the pitch preparing for the game.

1410 The anticipation is building as the Millennium Stadium starts to fill up with hopeful supporters.

1400: There is heavy rain and the retractable roof is closed as for a match estimated to be worth 40m to the winner.

Both sets of players will be wearing black armbands as a mark of respect to murdered teenager Kiyan Prince.

The QPR youth team player was stabbed outside his school on Thursday.


Team news:

Leeds captain Paul Butler returns from injury to start while Rob Hulse gets the nod to start in attack with David Healy and Robbie Blake on the bench.

Watford striker Darius Henderson joins Marlon King up front as midfielder Al Bangura drops to the bench in one change from their semi-final second leg line-up.

Leeds: Sullivan, Kelly, Butler, Gregan, Kilgallon, Richardson, Miller, Derry, Douglas, Lewis, Hulse. Subs: Bennett, Healy, Stone, Bakke, Blake.

Watford: Foster, Doyley, Mackay, DeMerit, Stewart, Chambers, Mahon, Spring, Young, King, Henderson. Subs: Chamberlain, Eagles, Bouazza, Bangura, Mariappa.

Referee: M Dean (Wirral)



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