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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 April, 2003, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
Blackburn keep Europe in sight

Leeds 2-3 Blackburn

Blackburn Rovers celebrate David Dunn's equaliser
Rovers celebrate Dunn's equaliser

Blackburn kept themselves in the hunt for a European place with a hard-fought win at Leeds.

Peter Reid's team, still not completely safe from the threat of relegation, took the lead through Mark Viduka, who scored his 12th goal in eight games as he continues his scintillating run of form under Peter Reid.

But a David Dunn penalty and second-half goals from Andy Cole and Andy Todd keeps Blackburn in the hunt for sixth spot.

Alan Smith pulled one back for Leeds, but with full-time looming it was no more than a consolation.

Everton snatched a late winner at home by Aston Villa and remain three points clear of Rovers, who are hopeful of snatching the sixth and final European place from Everton's grasp.

It was a largely uninspired match in which Leeds enjoyed a considerable share of the possession but lacked the cutting edge Rovers so clearly had.

21 mins: Viduka heads Leeds in front
38 mins: Dunn equalises from the penalty spot
68 mins: Cole puts Rovers in front
78 mins: Todd makes the points safe

Alan Smith headed over a Harry Kewell cross and Garry Flitcroft shot wide from 25 yards before Peter Reid's team broke the deadlock.

Kewell's shot from 18 yards was parried by Brad Friedel and Viduka reacted quickest, heading home from two yards.

Minutes earlier David Dunn's teasing cross had almost picked out Hakan Sukur but the Turkey international could not quite get the crucial touch.

But with the break looming Graeme Souness' side restored parity.

Michael Duberry inexplicably handled Kewell's cross in his own area and Dunn converted with the resultant spot kick.

Leeds almost instantly restored the lead but Kewell's shot was well saved by Friedel.


Reid's team created the first good chance of the second half, Friedel blocking Viduka's attempt after Smith's shot had ricocheted into the Australian's path.

But it was Rovers who scored the next goal after a Dwight Yorke through ball sent Cole through on goal.

Paul Robinson could only parry Cole's initial shot and the veteran forward converted at the second time of asking.

Todd made sure of the points, converting at the far post after a Damien Duff cross eluded the Leeds defence.

Leeds continued to push forward and were rewarded with a headed Smith goal close to full-time.

Leeds: Robinson, Mills, Duberry, Matteo, Harte, Kelly, Bakke (Simon Johnson 71), Wilcox, Smith, Viduka, Kewell. Subs not used: Martyn, Radebe, Bravo, Barmby.
Booked: Duberry, Matteo.

Blackburn: Friedel, Neill, Short (Todd 66), Taylor, Gresko, Dunn (Johansson 51), Tugay, Flitcroft, Duff, Cole, Sukur (Yorke 61). Subs not used: Kelly, Ostenstad.
Booked: Cole.

Attendance: 38,062.

Referee: P Durkin (Dorset).

BBC Five Live's Simon Mann
"Blackburn were ruthless"

Blackburn boss Graeme Souness
"We knew we'd have to work hard today"



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