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Last Updated: Sunday, 31 October, 2004, 18:34 GMT
Tackling Skills with BBC Sport - Leeds v Wigan
Alan Mahon celebrates his opener for Wigan at Leeds
BBC Sport has teamed up with the Foyer Federation to bring you the best sports reports from budding young journalists around the country.

Tackling Skills is a project that gives Foyer's residents the chance to work with BBC sports journalists to help develop their literacy and communication skills by using sport to inspire, motivate and re-engage them.

Here's some reports from Elland Road where Wigan earned a 2-0 win over Leeds.


Jermaine Waite

The former Premiership side couldn't stop Wigan Athletic's unbeaten run this season.

Leeds held the visitors in the first half but in the second half Wigan showed why they remain top of the league with two goals in six minutes - the first by Alan Mahon the second by Jimmy Bullard in the bottom right hand corner.

The Whites got the first shot on goal from Brian Deane in the fourth minute. The latest signing, David Healy from Preston on Friday, marked his debut with a yellow card and didn't get much chance to 'heal' the two-goal deficit.

Wigan had more shots on goal, but never really tested United keeper Neil Sullivan.

Referee Mike Dean was kept busy by United who kept giving away free kicks.

Wigan stepped it up a gear in the second half with Alan Mahon scoring the first goal for the Latics on 46 minutes and the second by Jimmy Bullard on 52 minutes in the bottom right hand corner.

Leeds tried to change things by bringing on Jermaine Wright, Julian Joachim and Aaron Lennon but they did not make much of an impact on the steady Wigan defence.

Leeds kept their heads up by having more shots on goal but John Filan was never really tested.

United fans started to leave the ground early and those that stayed booed their side off at the final whistle leaving Kevin Blackwell with a Halloween nightmare.


Rachel Skelly

Leeds United were beaten 2-0 by Wigan who remain at the top of the league.

Within the first minutes of play Wigan were well on top of Leeds. A third-minute corner for the Whites, which was taken by Danny Pugh, forced the Wigan goalie into a save.

A booking for both teams in the first half seemed to spur them on. The Whites had a good run with Johnson on the ball shortly before the interval but by half time the score was a disappointing 0-0.

Seconds after the second half whistle was blown, Wigan's Alan Mahon had scored the first goal of the match. This was closely followed by another, which was taken by Jimmy Bullard.

Five substitutions were made in the second half, which saw Johnson, Walton and Richardson taken off for Leeds but to no avail.

It turned into a Halloween nightmare for the Whites.


Peter Rhodes

Two early second-half goals kept Wigan top of the league and left Leeds a long way from the play-offs.

Goals from Alan Mahon and Jimmy Bullard kept Wigan's unbeaten run intact and provided Halloween nightmares for Kevin Blackwell.

Leeds started well through winger Simon Johnson. After forcing a corner on three minutes, he had a shot but it never really troubled the keeper.

Wigan quickly came back when Jason Roberts forced Leeds to give away a corner on seven minutes. Leeds defended well and restricted Wigan to a number of long-range shots from Lee McCulloch and David Graham.

New signing David Healy had a chance after good work from Sean Gregan but Wigan pressure saw him shoot over the bar. Roberts combined well with Ellington to set up McCulloch but his shot was again wide.

The midfielder was then booked for a late tackle on 28 minutes and words were exchanged between Ellington and Gregan.

Wigan started the second half with a higher tempo, which resulted in Alan Mahon hitting the ball high into Sullivan's net - Leeds' defence were still in the dressing room as Mahon danced through to give Wigan the lead.

Leeds, still shocked, looked to attack and forced a corner which Filan collected with trouble.

Leeds looked to freshen things up and brought on Jermaine Wright but Wigan's passing game ensured that Leeds could not get back into the match as they stuttered to show any signs of salvaging something from the game.

They did have a good chance when Deane's header was cleared off the line and Wigan's defence got the ball away.

The Leeds crowd were frustrated and started leaving with 10 minutes to go as Wigan looked in control and showed the 27,432 crowd why they sit on top of the Championship.

Leeds have a lot of hard work to do and Deane and Healy will need to improve if Leeds are to start moving upwards.



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