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Carlisle United 1 - Leeds United 3

Brunton Park

13/04/10 7.45pm

Attendance: 8,728

Leeds back into second

Leeds moved back into the automatic promotion places with a comfortable 3-1 win at Carlisle United whilst Millwall could only draw at Yeovil.

Simon Grayson made one change from the side that beat Southend on Saturday, Luciano Becchio replacing Jermaine Beckford in attack.

Max Gradel had the first chance of the evening for Leeds United but he shot wide of the target.

Gradel was almost through again minutes later but a desperate last-ditch challenge kept Gradel out and the ball went out for a corner.

Leeds had the ball in the net from the resulting corner but referee Mark Halsey noticed an infringement and gave a free kick to the home side.

Leeds were enjoying plenty of early pressure, Gradel`s ball into the middle found Snodgrass but he shot wide.

Leeds eventually took the lead in the thirteenth minute when Collin in the Carlisle goal let a Snodgrass free kick slip out of his hands and Becchio was first to react to give Leeds the lead

Becchio almost doubled the lead soon afterwards but this time his shot went just wide.

Becchio had a fantastic chance to score again soon afterwards, Snodgrass crossed into the middle and Becchio somehow missed from two yards.

Leeds were continue to carve openings, Gradel worked a ball into the middle and with Howson ready to pounce a Carlisle defender cleared from almost on the line.

Carlisle equalised close to half time when Richard Keogh headed Ian Harte`s free kick, it was there first shot on target.

Leeds almost retook the lead on the stroke of half time when another mix up at the back by Carlisle fell to Snodgrass but he didn`t take advantage of the mistake.

The whistle for half time when soon afterwards and Leeds will have been kicking themselves by not being three or four up at half time.

Leeds retook the lead two minutes into the second half when Gradel head in a Bromby cross.

Becchio scored a third for Leeds on 51 minutes when he left Ian Harte behind and gave Collin no chance in the Carlisle goal, it was the Argentinian`s fourteenth goal of the season.

Becchio had a great chance to complete his hat trick but headed straight at Collin this time.

Carlisle responded and Clayton had two chances in the space of a few seconds.

The game petered out after this and Leeds ran down the clock for a comfortable win.


Teams

Carlisle
Collin, Keogh, Aldred, Harte, Horwood, Dobie, Thirlwell, Taiwo, Marshall, Madine, Clayton

Subs
Pidgeley, Bridge-Wilkinson, Kavanagh, Rothery, Bowman, Raven, Kane

Leeds
Higgs, Bromby, Naylor, Collins, Hughes, Doyle, Howson, Snodgrass, Kilkenny, Becchio, Gradel

Subs
Ankergren, Lowry, McSheffrey, Grella, Parker, Watt, Beckford

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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 13 2010

Time: 9:40PM

Your Comments

What a great night, back in our hands, lets not mess up again. Teams can't handle the pressure of the top two places at the moment.
dazza71
Seems that way Dazza. Lets just hope we thrive under the pressure this time round.
AndyCapsXI
Looks like a good move keeping Beckford on the bench most of the match... I honestly though this was a banana skin for us but well done the lads keep the confidence building and don't let it slip it's in our hands now. Great results all round tonight and very unexpected.
Only-Sleggin
Great night for you tonight. Keep it going and you are home and hosed.We may have to wait for a season but we will do it next year if not this.
SFC Forever
..............so your managers doing a good job again now then? You're a fickle lot and I hope we meet at Wembley. Up the terriers.
pharmer
Dare to dream..
leedsusa
That's better - three on the bounce. Let's hope the 'wobble' is truely behind you - good luck from VMC
Thaibluefan
pharmer I agree about the fickle bit, its gone all quiet now on the sack Grayson front but it would only take one defeat to get them started again. What do you want to do on Friday, beat Millwall and you are really helping Leeds towards promotion, that must really hurt.
dazza71
 

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