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Leeds United   2 - 1   Crystal Palace

Leeds 2 - 1 Crystal Palace

Leeds 2-1 Crystal Palace

Luciano Becchio took his tally for the season to 11 with two late strikes to beat Crystal Palace and stretch Leeds' unbeaten run to seven games.

Palace came into the game on a run of three wins in four games and went ahead just before the break when Neil Danns side-footed home.

Eagles keeper Julian Speroni was a busy man in the second half and looked to have earned his side victory.

But on 81 minutes, Becchio headed a leveller then fired home the winner.

The home side began brightly and Jonny Howson had the ball in the net early on, only to be denied by an offside flag.

They should have gone ahead on 38 minutes when Becchio failed to control a Robert Snodgrass cut-back and Max Gradel put the loose ball wide, and Palace responded with a fine counter-attack goal.

Nathaniel Clyne did well to cross from the byeline, and although the ball went behind James Vaughan, Danns was on hand at the far post to score his fourth goal of the season.

Leeds keeper Kasper Schmeichel then denied Darren Ambrose a chance to double the lead before the break when he did superbly to tip the ball over for a corner.

Palace continued to keep the pressure on after the break, with Ambrose and Danns both drawing fine saves from Schmeichel.

But it was not one-way traffic, with Leeds' Alex Bruce heading wide from close range, and Becchio's header drawing a point-blank save from Speroni.

Leeds substitute Lloyd Sam seemed to revitalise his team, drawing two good saves from Speroni, before the home side's persistence eventually paid off.

Neil Kilkenny's corner was flicked on by two players before Becchio forced it over the line, and he then rounded off victory by collecting a loose pass and firing home.

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Saturday, 4 December 2010

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Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leeds 2-1 Crystal Palace FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Becchio 81
  • Becchio 83
  • Danns 44

Leeds United

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 04 Bruce
  • 29 McCartney
  • 40 O'Brien
  • 07 Gradel yellow card (McCormack 54)
  • 08 Kilkenny
  • 14 Howson
  • 16 Johnson yellow card (Sam 55)
  • 22 Hughes (Paynter 76)
  • 10 Becchio yellow card
  • 23 Snodgrass yellow card

Substitutes

  • 12 Higgs,
  • 05 Collins,
  • 11 Sam,
  • 17 Faye,
  • 09 Paynter,
  • 27 Somma,
  • 44 McCormack

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Clyne
  • 03 Wright yellow card
  • 04 Davis
  • 31 Gardner yellow card
  • 07 Ambrose
  • 08 Danns
  • 21 Djilali (O'Keefe 54 yellow card)
  • 25 N'Diaye (Zaha 86)
  • 09 Vaughan
  • 32 Counago

Substitutes

  • 13 Price,
  • 06 Barrett,
  • 11 Dorman,
  • 15 Cadogan,
  • 28 O'Keefe,
  • 16 Zaha,
  • 29 Obika
Ref: HainesAtt: 25,476
LEEDS
CRYSTAL PALACE

Possession

  • Leeds 56%
  • Crystal Palace 44%

Attempts on target

  • Leeds 13
  • Crystal Palace 7

Attempts off target

  • Leeds 6
  • Crystal Palace 7

Corners

  • Leeds 6
  • Crystal Palace 3

Fouls

  • Leeds 10
  • Crystal Palace 7
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:18 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+4:09 Ross McCormack takes a short corner.
  • 90:00+3:41 Foul by Luciano Becchio on Neil Danns, free kick awarded. Nathaniel Clyne restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+3:41 Booking Luciano Becchio is given a yellow card.
  • 90:00+2:29 Unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson by Stuart O'Keefe results in a free kick. Jonathan Howson takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+2:29 Booking Stuart O'Keefe receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 88:04 Luciano Becchio challenges Neil Danns unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
  • 87:35 Short corner taken by Ross McCormack from the left by-line.
  • 87:32 Booking The referee shows Anthony Gardner a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 85:30 Substitution Alassane N'Diaye leaves the field to be replaced by Wilfried Zaha.
  • 84:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luciano Becchio on Alassane N'Diaye. Neil Danns takes the direct free kick.
  • 82:45 GOAL - Luciano BecchioLeeds United 2 - 1 Crystal Palace Luciano Becchio finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Leeds 2-1 Crystal Palace.
  • 80:25 Corner taken right-footed by Neil Kilkenny,
  • 80:25 GOAL - Luciano BecchioLeeds United 1 - 1 Crystal Palace Luciano Becchio scores a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Leeds 1-1 Crystal Palace.
  • 79:33 A cross is delivered by Lloyd Sam, Luciano Becchio takes a shot. Blocked by Anthony Gardner.
  • 79:25 Andrew O'Brien produces a cross.
  • 78:16 Effort from inside the area by Neil Danns misses to the left of the goal.
  • 77:56 James Vaughan takes a shot. Alex Bruce manages to make a clearance.
  • 77:45 Pablo Counago takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Bruce.
  • 76:58 Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross, clearance made by Claude Davis.
  • 75:59 Substitution Andy Hughes goes off and Billy Paynter comes on.
  • 74:35 The assistant referee flags for offside against Ross McCormack. Julian Speroni takes the indirect free kick.
  • 74:20 The ball is delivered by Robert Snodgrass.
  • 73:56 Corner taken by Neil Kilkenny played to the near post, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.
  • 73:40 Shot from 12 yards from Lloyd Sam. Julian Speroni makes a save.
  • 72:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Claude Davis by Luciano Becchio. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
  • 72:18 Pablo Counago concedes a free kick for a foul on Kasper Schmeichel. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
  • 72:09 James Vaughan produces a cross.
  • 71:10 Neil Danns produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area and strikes the post.
  • 70:56 Centre by Darren Ambrose, clearance by Luciano Becchio.
  • 70:33 Darren Ambrose takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Andy Hughes manages to make a clearance.
  • 70:26 The ball is crossed by Nathaniel Clyne, blocked by Andrew O'Brien.
  • 70:00 Lloyd Sam takes a shot. Julian Speroni makes a save.
  • 69:01 The referee blows for offside against Ross McCormack. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
  • 68:46 Neil Danns is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Bruce.
  • 68:35 The ball is sent over by Andy Hughes, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.
  • 67:31 Shot from just outside the area by Lloyd Sam misses to the right of the target.
  • 65:03 The ball is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, Julian Speroni makes a save.
  • 64:34 Corner taken by Darren Ambrose, Andy Hughes makes a clearance.
  • 64:21 James Vaughan takes a shot. Blocked by Andrew O'Brien.
  • 63:34 The ball is sent over by Robert Snodgrass, Luciano Becchio takes a shot. Save made by Julian Speroni.
  • 60:46 Ross McCormack fouled by Claude Davis, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is swung over by Neil Kilkenny, Header from close range by Alex Bruce misses to the right of the goal.
  • 59:45 Neil Danns takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 59:33 David Wright delivers the ball, clearance made by Andrew O'Brien.
  • 59:01 Neil Danns has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
  • 57:47 The assistant referee signals for offside against Luciano Becchio. Julian Speroni takes the indirect free kick.
  • 55:48 Effort from 30 yards by Darren Ambrose. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 55:11 Shot from 20 yards by Neil Kilkenny. Save by Julian Speroni.
  • 54:06 Substitution Lloyd Sam replaces Bradley Johnson.
  • 53:41 Substitution Max Gradel goes off and Ross McCormack comes on.
  • 53:03 Substitution Stuart O'Keefe on for Kieran Djilali.
  • 51:52 David Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Snodgrass. Free kick crossed by Neil Kilkenny.
  • 51:52 Booking Booking for David Wright for unsporting behaviour.
  • 50:25 The official flags Luciano Becchio offside. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
  • 49:48 Corner from the left by-line taken by Neil Kilkenny, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.
  • 48:54 Alassane N'Diaye challenges George McCartney unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Neil Kilkenny, Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Claude Davis makes a clearance.
  • 47:47 The ball is delivered by Neil Danns, clearance by Alex Bruce.
  • 47:22 Drilled right-footed shot by Neil Kilkenny. Comfortable save by Julian Speroni.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:31 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+2:04 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Darren Ambrose, clearance made by Andy Hughes.
  • 45:00+1:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Counago by Andrew O'Brien. Darren Ambrose produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 45:00+0:20 George McCartney produces a cross, Claude Davis manages to make a clearance.
  • 43:41 The assist for the goal came from Nathaniel Clyne.
  • 43:41 GOAL - Neil DannsLeeds United 0 - 1 Crystal Palace Goal scored by Neil Danns from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 0-1 Crystal Palace.
  • 43:00 The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Hughes. Julian Speroni takes the indirect free kick.
  • 41:47 Bradley Johnson has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 41:40 The ball is swung over by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Claude Davis.
  • 40:56 The ball is crossed by George McCartney, Header from deep inside the area by Luciano Becchio goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 37:46 Effort from close in by Max Gradel goes wide left of the target.
  • 36:07 Neil Kilkenny concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Counago. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
  • 35:18 The ball is sent over by Jonathan Howson, Alassane N'Diaye makes a clearance.
  • 30:43 Max Gradel concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Ambrose. The ball is delivered by Neil Danns, James Vaughan has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 30:43 Booking Booking for Bradley Johnson.
  • 30:14 Booking Booking for Max Gradel for unsporting behaviour.
  • 28:39 Jonathan Howson takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.
  • 26:50 Robert Snodgrass is caught offside. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
  • 26:50 Booking Robert Snodgrass shown a yellow card.
  • 26:17 Max Gradel delivers the ball, clearance by David Wright. Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Claude Davis gets a block in.
  • 24:05 Darren Ambrose has a drilled shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 22:41 James Vaughan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 21:22 Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross, Andrew O'Brien takes a shot. Julian Speroni makes a comfortable save.
  • 20:27 Effort from just outside the box by Bradley Johnson goes over the bar.
  • 17:51 Jonathan Howson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Ambrose. Alassane N'Diaye restarts play with the free kick.
  • 17:34 Corner taken right-footed by Neil Kilkenny to the near post, clearance made by Claude Davis.
  • 16:32 Neil Danns challenges Max Gradel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bradley Johnson produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 14:59 Darren Ambrose produces a cross, clearance by Alex Bruce.
  • 13:40 Long range shot by Darren Ambrose goes wide right of the goal.
  • 12:41 Foul by Bradley Johnson on James Vaughan, free kick awarded. Alassane N'Diaye takes the direct free kick.
  • 11:38 A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Alassane N'Diaye.
  • 10:47 Claude Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luciano Becchio. Free kick taken by Jonathan Howson.
  • 5:56 George McCartney produces a cross.
  • 5:46 A cross is delivered by Max Gradel, clearance by Anthony Gardner.
  • 4:49 The referee blows for offside against Jonathan Howson. Indirect free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
  • 1:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luciano Becchio on Anthony Gardner. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 19 26 41
2 Cardiff 20 14 37
3 Swansea 20 10 36
4 Norwich 20 6 33
5 Coventry 20 5 33
6 Leeds 20 1 32
7 Derby 20 9 30
8 Burnley 19 7 29
9 Nott'm Forest 19 4 27
10 Watford 20 3 27
11 Millwall 20 3 27
12 Doncaster 19 1 27
13 Reading 19 6 26
14 Barnsley 19 -5 26
15 Portsmouth 19 -1 25
16 Leicester 20 -8 25
17 Ipswich 20 -7 24
18 Bristol City 19 -6 23
19 Hull 19 -6 22
20 Sheff Utd 19 -11 22
21 Scunthorpe 20 -12 20
22 Crystal Palace 20 -13 20
23 Middlesbrough 20 -11 18
24 Preston 20 -15 16