Date:Tuesday January 3 2006
PLYMOUTH: Larrieu, Connolly (Djordjic 66), Doumbe, Ward, Barness, Buzsaky (Lasley 71), Jarrett, Wotton, Capaldi, Evans, Taylor (Derbyshire 79).
Subs Not Used: Aljofree, McCormick.
LEEDS UTD: Sullivan, Kelly, Butler, Kilgallon, Crainey, Lewis, Douglas, Derry, Miller, Cresswell, Blake (Hulse 82).
Subs Not Used: Healy, Pugh, Bennett, Richardson.
Leeds made it four games unbeaten in the Championship with a fabulous 3-0 win at Plymouth on Bank Holiday Monday.
Let's forget the first-half (which was like Christmas shopping with the wife), but the game burst to life in the second period, with Leeds taking the Pilgrims to the cleaners.
Eddie Lewis was superb and tormented the home side down the left, and goals from Richard Cresswell, Robbie Blake and a Rob Hulse penalty secured the points.
Despite a rousing atmosphere at Home Park, the game struggled to come to life in front of a crowd of just under 18,000, as both sides lacked composure and time on the ball in the early stages.
Lewis nearly created an opening in the 37th minute when he whipped in a splendid cross from the left that Larrieu did well to punch clear under pressure.
Leeds began to come into the game more and Cresswell was unlucky not to score with a delightful near-post flick following Lewis' run.
Leeds finally broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute, and unsurprisingly Lewis and Cresswell were involved.
Lewis collected a wayward corner on the left-hand edge of the Plymouth penalty area, and Cresswell met the midfielder's drive with a glancing header to put the visitors 1-0 up.
The goal gave Leeds some real confidence and Lewis continued to cause the Plymouth defence problems down the left.
The visitors went further in front when Lewis showed tremendous pace and determination down the flank before whipping in a superb cross that Blake blasted home from close range.
Leeds looked a different side from the disjointed outfit of the first half, and as the game wore on they looked capable of scoring every time they went forward.
A late penalty by substitute Hulse, after Mathias Doumbe had upended Liam Miller in the box, made it 3-0 to the visitors.
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