Vital Football

Latest Leeds United News

Douglas Double Breaks Hull Hearts

Douglas Double Breaks Hull Hearts




LEEDS: Sullivan, Kelly, Butler, Kilgallon, Crainey (Pugh 80), Miller, Douglas, Derry, Lewis, Cresswell (Hulse 78), Blake (Healy 78).

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Richardson.


HULL: Myhill, Lynch (Wiseman 68), Cort, Collins, Dawson, Price (Barmby 82), Andrews, Delaney, Elliott, Paynter, Fagan (Green 68).

Subs Not Used: Woodhouse, Duke.

Att: 26,387


Jonathan Douglas grabbed a brace as Leeds ended 2005 on a high. Midfielder Douglas netted either side of the break to ensure the year ended in a similar vein as it started.

It was almost 16 years since the last encounter between the sides and the eagerly-awaited clash attracted 26,387 - Leeds' biggest crowd of the season. And Hull, backed vociferously by a 1,800-strong cluster of fans, showed no signs of stage fright during the opening period as they attacked with confidence and vigour.

The blossoming partnership of Craig Fagan and Billy Paynter, which meant former Leeds striker Nick Barmby was reduced to a place on the bench, again proved effective.

Paynter saw a powerful shot from the edge of the box deflected over after four minutes while giant centre-back Leon Cort nodded the resulting corner wide.

Paynter collected possession again soon after and hit another powerful effort, which this time forced Leeds goalkeeper Neil Sullivan to turn over for a corner.

Douglas should have at least tested Hull goalkeeper Boaz Myhill midway through the opening period, but his weak shot from 12 yards failed to hit the target.

Myhill then enhanced his reputation as one of the finest goalkeepers outside the Barclays Premiership after 29 minutes with an outstanding save.

Hull defender Mark Lynch was caught in possession by Richard Cresswell on the halfway line, and he swiftly played strike partner Robbie Blake clean through on goal.

The former Burnley striker raced clear on goal but despite being afforded what seemed an eternity to simply slot the ball home, his low 12-yard shot was repelled by Myhill's superb save low to his right.

Seven minutes before the break, Fagan cut inside from the left flank and cracked a left-foot shot against the crossbar as Leeds survived.

Blake then fired narrowly wide at the far post before Fagan was denied by Sullivan's point-blank save shortly before the interval.

And Leeds duly took advantage on the stroke of half-time as Blake controlled a long ball from Matthew Kilgallon and found Douglas, who stroked home a low, diagonal finish from the right-hand side of the box.

Leeds were more purposeful after the break and Cresswell was desperately unlucky not to find the net after 53 minutes when his delightful shot from outside the box cannoned back off the far post.

Hull struggled badly to reproduce their first-half display and after 55 minutes it was 2-0 to Leeds.

A right-wing corner from Eddie Lewis saw Cresswell twice denied from close range by Myhill, but Douglas was on hand to nod home his fourth goal of the season from barely six yards out.

Hull continued to battle but, after Cresswell had a goal disallowed for a push, they struggled to create a single noteworthy chance as Leeds ground out an ultimately comfortable win.






Register on this site via the drop down menu and leave feedback to this story below or click here to join in the debates on the forum.

Go on, get vitalled!

Writer:
Date:Monday January 2 2006
Time: 8:54AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Leeds United Articles

LUFC Barnsley v Leeds United History

Vital Leeds looks at the head-to-head record between Barnsley and Leeds United at Oakwell over the years

LUFC Barnsley v Leeds United Match Officials

Premier League official Mike Dean is the man in charge of the Yorkshire derby between Barnsley and Leeds United

LUFC On This Day - January 21st

A look back at what happened on this day January 21st in the history of Leeds United

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (20/1/17)

A new season and finally a new special computer crunching the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for 2016/17.

Archived Vital Leeds Articles

Vital Leeds articles from

Site Journalists

Dazza71
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How do you think Leeds will do against Barnsley?
Suggested By:
Win86%
Lose6%
Draw8%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Brighton 26 17 6 3 57 24
2 Newcastle 26 18 1 7 55 29
3 Leeds Utd 26 15 3 8 48 11
4 Reading 25 14 4 7 46 3
5 Huddersfield 26 14 4 8 46 0
6 Sheff Wed 27 13 6 8 45 5
7 Derby County 26 11 7 8 40 5
8 Fulham 25 10 9 6 39 13
9 Preston 26 11 6 9 39 3
10 Barnsley 26 11 5 10 38 4
11 Norwich 26 11 4 11 37 3
12 Birmingham 26 9 9 8 36 -5
13 Aston Villa 26 8 11 7 35 1
14 Ipswich 26 9 7 10 34 -3
15 Brentford 26 9 6 11 33 0
16 Wolves 26 8 8 10 32 -1
17 Q.P.R. 26 9 5 12 32 -11
18 Cardiff 25 8 6 11 30 -10
19 Bristol City 26 8 3 15 27 -3
20 Forest 26 7 6 13 27 -8
21 Burton 26 6 7 13 25 -10
22 Blackburn 26 6 6 14 24 -12
23 Wigan 26 5 7 14 22 -9
24 Rotherham 26 4 4 18 16 -29
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Leeds United Results (view all)

Leeds United Fixtures (view all)

Jan 21 2017 5:30PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 25 2017 7:45PM : Nottingham Forest (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 29 2017 2:00PM : Sutton United (a)
FA Cup
Feb 1 2017 7:45PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 5 2017 12:00PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.dazza71224
2.deslondon132
3.Tiny T84
4.SimonTVW61
5.@OxonWhite56
6.ultraleeds56
7.King Billy55
8.Spanky White54
9.erni46
10.Oyper40
The Vital Football Members League