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 Monday, 16 December, 2002, 21:54 GMT
Leeds end losing streak
Robbie Fowler scored for Leeds at Bolton
Fowler (right) celebrates scoring Leeds' second goal
Bolton 0-3 Leeds

Goals from Danny Mills, Robbie Fowler and Jason Wilcox ensured Leeds defeated Bolton and ended a six-game winless run.

The victory relieves the pressure on beleaguered Leeds boss Terry Venables, whose future at the Yorkshire club was said to be in real doubt going into the fixture.

But the result deepens the problems for Bolton, who remain second bottom in the Premiership table with just three wins all season.

Key moments
12 mins: Mills scores a spectacular goal for Leeds
16 mins: Fowler pounces to double Leeds' advantage
25 mins: Robinson brilliantly saves Djorkaeff's penalty
75 mins:: Wilcox scores from 25 yards
Mills got Leeds off to a superb start with a spectacular goal and Fowler pounced after some poor defending by the home team.

And Wilcox capped a successful evening with a stunning strike late in the match.

But Bolton did create numerous chances and Leeds were again indebted to goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who brilliantly saved a first-half penalty and several long-range shots.

This is a big, big result for us

Terry Venables
Per Frandsen, Youri Djorkaeff and Jay Jay Okocha all went close in the opening stages as Bolton started brightly.

But Leeds took the lead with a stunning goal that came totally against the run of play.

Mills played a neat one-two with Harry Kewell as he surged goalwards before letting rip with a thunderous left-foot strike from 20 yards.

And Leeds' evening got evening better when a horrendous mix-up in the Bolton defence gifted Terry Venables' team a second goal.

Bruno N'Gotty and Ivan Campo both left Ian Harte's seemingly innocuous cross, which bounced against the post and into Kewell's path.

The Australian's header seemed to be going wide but Fowler, making his first start of the season, stabbed the ball home from three yards.

Bolton were handed a lifeline after Ian Harte was adjudged to have handled the ball as he fell to ground in the penalty area.

Terry Venables enjoys his team's win at Bolton
It was all smiles for Venables
Leeds' players were incensed by referee Graham Poll's decision and felt justice was done when Robinson brilliantly tipped Djorkaeff's penalty onto the post.

Bolton enjoyed a sustained spell of pressure early in the second half, but a combination of poor Bolton finishing, stout Leeds defending and brilliant goalkeeping from Robinson kept the visitors in charge.

The Leeds goalkeeper brilliantly tipped a long-range shot from Stig Tofting against the crossbar and denied Djorkaeff.

And Leeds took the game beyond Bolton when Wilcox unleashed a venomous shot after the Bolton defence had fatally backed off.


Bolton: Jaaskelainen, N'Gotty (Whitlow 78), Bergsson, Barness, Campo, Charlton, Frandsen, Okocha (Walters 81), Tofting (Farrelly 79), Pedersen, Djorkaeff.
Subs Not Used: Poole, Smith.

Booked: Campo.

Leeds: Robinson, Kelly, Woodgate, Lucic, Harte, Mills, Bakke, Okon, Wilcox, Kewell, Fowler (Seth Johnson 80).
Subs Not Used: Martyn, Bowyer, Duberry, Milner.

Booked: Okon, Harte, Mills.

Attendance: 23,378

Referee: G Poll (Hertfordshire).

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
 BBC Five Live's Dave Woods
"Mills' strike dulled Bolton's bright start"
 Leeds boss Terry Venables
"It was a really good performance"
 Bolton boss Sam Allardyce
"We've caught them on one of those nights"
 VOTE RESULTS
Are Leeds United set for a revival?

Yes
 40.76% 

No
 59.24% 

15416 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion
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