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Coca-Cola Football League Championship
Game 43: Saturday 15 April 2006

Leeds United 1 - 1 Reading
(Half-time: 0 - 0)
Crowd: 24535
Referee: M Halsey (Welwyn Garden City)
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Match Facts
Leeds United Team Reading
Neil Sullivan   Marcus Hahnemann
Gary Kelly   Nicky Shorey
Stephen Crainey   Ibrahima Sonko
Matthew Kilgallon   Graeme Murty Subbed - 83 minutes
Paul Butler   Bobby Convey
Liam Miller   Steven Sidwell
Jonathan Douglas   James Harper
Shaun Derry   Ivar Ingimarsson
Subbed - 83 minutes Eirik Bakke   John Oster Subbed - 64 minutes
Subbed - 86 minutes David Healy   Kevin Doyle Subbed - 78 minutes
Subbed - 76 minutes Goal - 47 minutes Rob Hulse   Dave Kitson
Ian Bennett   Graham Stack
Danny Pugh   Chris Makin
Sub - 86 minutes Jermaine Beckford   Brynjar Gunnarsson Sub - 83 minutes
Sub - 76 minutes Danny Graham   Steve Hunt Goal - 85 minutes Sub - 64 minutes
Sub - 83 minutes Ian Moore   Shane Long Sub - 78 minutes
Match Reports
BBC Leeds 1 - 1 Reading
The Guardian Bates upbeat as Leeds jostle for position
The Independent Hunt levels to start the Blades party
The Independent Reading's late show gives Blackwell food for thought
The Observer Hunt ends Leeds' chase Leeds pegged back at death
The Sporting Life Leeds 1 - 1 Reading
The Sunday Times Blades promoted as Leeds slip up
The Electronic Telegraph Ailing Leeds floored by Reading's late leveller
The Times Tart reaction to Blackwell
Yorkshire Evening Post United spirit's back in bundles

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Bates upbeat as Leeds jostle for position - David Hopps

Copy from Football Unlimited of 17/04/2006.

Leeds United are already in the play-offs, and two matches that might have been construed as meaningless have become their proving ground. Reading and Sheffield United, the two teams that beat them to automatic promotion, will do much to reveal Leeds' prospects of joining them in the Premiership next season.

One match gone, one to go, and conclusions remain as elusive as ever. The uncertainty about Leeds is summed up by the treatment of their manager. "There's only one Kevin Blackwell," sang the Kop. It's a good job really; it would not do for two people to be getting hate mail.

Leeds did score their first goal from open play in nearly 9½ hours, Rob Hulse turning the ball in at the near post after Shaun Derry had crossed. That goal galvanised them into a spirited second-half performance, only for Stephen Hunt's close-in header, after Bryn Gunnarsson's cross had been headed back by Ivar Ingimarsson, to deflate the celebrations.

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Hunt ends Leeds' chase - Ross Heppenstall

Copy from Football Unlimited of 05/03/2006.

Kevin Blackwell paid tribute to Sheffield United after Leeds' 1-1 draw with Reading confirmed the Bramall Lane club's return to the Premiership.

Leeds needed victory against the title winners to keep alive their faint hopes of pipping the Blades to second place. But a solitary point ensured Neil Warnock's men cannot now be caught. The draw, which saw Reading substitute Stephen Hunt cancel out Rob Hulse's 46th-minute opener, left Leeds fans bitterly disappointed but sparked celebrations down the M1 in Sheffield.

Blackwell, whose side play United at Bramall Lane on Tuesday, said: 'I just want to congratulate Sheffield United on a fantastic achievement. Neil and the boys deserve all the credit.

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