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Leeds United

Coca-Cola Football League Championship
Game 34: Saturday 12 February 2005

Leeds United 3 - 1 Reading
(Half-time: 1 - 0)
Crowd: 30034
Referee: C Webster (Tyne and Wear)
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Match Facts
Leeds United Team Reading
Neil Sullivan   Marcus Hahnemann
Gary Kelly   Nicky Shorey
Michael Gray   Ibrahima Sonko
Paul Butler   Graeme Murty
Clarke Carlisle   Glen Little Subbed - 67 minutes
Sean Gregan   Steven Sidwell
Jermaine Wright   James Harper Booked - 45 minutes Subbed - 66 minutes
Gylfi Einarsson   Andy Hughes
Subbed - 72 minutes Aaron Lennon   Ivar Ingimarsson
Subbed - 85 minutes Goal - 36 minutes David Healy   Nicky Forster
Subbed - 71 minutes Booked - 57 minutes Goal - 56 minutes Goal - 63 minutes Rob Hulse   Les Ferdinand Subbed - 76 minutes
Sub - 72 minutes Frazer Richardson   Jamie Young
Sub - 85 minutes Danny Pugh   Ricky Newman
Seth Johnson   Paul Brooker Sub - 66 minutes
Simon Walton   Lloyd Owusu Penalty - 89 minutes Sub - 76 minutes
Sub - 71 minutes Michael Ricketts   Dean Morgan Sub - 67 minutes
Match Reports
BBC Leeds 3 - 1 Reading
The Observer Hulse is the hero Hulse brace sinks Royals
The Sporting Life Leeds 3 - 1 Reading
The Sunday Times Hulse raises Leeds spirits
The Electronic Telegraph Hero Hulse
The Times Hulse's debut double provides Leeds with promotion chance
Yorkshire Evening Post A Royals ascent bolsters United
Yorkshire Post Strikers provide champagne moments for buoyant Leeds

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Hulse is the hero - Duncan Mackay

Copy from Football Unlimited of 13/02/2005.

Among the things Ken Bates has cut since taking over as Leeds chairman is the champagne in the boardroom, helping give manager Kevin Blackwell flexibility to bring in some fresh faces. A section of Leeds fans still may take some warming to the irascible pensioner, but they must surely appreciate that one of these new boys ensured the fizz and sparkle was all on the pitch and not in the boardroom.

Rob Hulse's admission that he turned down a permanent £1.5million move to Stoke from West Bromwich Albion in favour of a three-month loan to Leeds because he considers them a bigger club may not have made him popular in the Potteries. But after this two-goal debut he earned undying devotion from fans desperately searching for heroes after a period when all they seemed to have been faced with is villains.

The 25-year-old belied the fact he had played for only 148 minutes this season before this match, and was surprisingly so easily discarded by West Brom after scoring 13 goals in their promotion year.

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