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                            PLYMOUTH ARGYLE......0 LEEDS UNITED........1


The Match

The first ten minutes belonged to Plymouth as the home side looked to put United under severe pressure, fortunately Leeds weathered the storm well and the early gusto was soon gone from Plymouth's play.

Those ten minutes had not been without incident though, a number of free kicks were nervously hacked away at times but in  Paul Butler Leeds had a calming influence and the skipper was heading everything lumped into the box straight back upfield.

The most nervous moment came on seven minutes when David Norris crossed into the penalty area from the right flank and it was flicked on towards goal by Mickey Evans to force Sullivan into a scrambled save by his far post, the United keeper forced to concede a corner.

Leeds survived as Sullivan was fouled following the corner and began to play their way back into the game.

Leeds won their first corner won by Richardson, Wright swung the ball in and Pugh knocked into the penalty area but the Argyle keeper was out quickly to claim the ball ahead of Joachim and Deane.

United's best early move came from a throw by Crainey to Deane who had positioned himself on the byline. Deane managed to get the ball across the face of goal where Joachim was not far off getting on the end of the ball but Gilbert cleared for the home side.

Gilbert was then the instigator of Plymouth's most dangerous move of the half when he went round Gary Kelly only for the United full-back to recover superbly and put in an excellent tackle in the box.  Plymouth screamed for a penalty but referee Steve Dunn was well placed to see Kelly got a clean foot on the ball to knock it behind.

The corner caused more danger for Sullivan's goal as the cross threatened to curl beneath his bar only for Simon Walton to head it clear, although Sullivan had been clearly fouled by Coughlan.

The home side made a surprise change on 24 minutes when they took Tony Capaldi off and brought former West Ham United youngster Lee Hodges on.

United should have taken the lead with a glorious chance on 26 minutes.

A break down the right by Jermaine Wright saw the former Ipswich man leave the Argyle defence in his wake and when the ball came in he had two men waiting for the cross inside the area. In it came and Walton looked certain to get there but somehow as he slid in the ball went past him and he collided with the post.

It was one of those injuries that makes grown men cringe that left Walton crumpled in a heap on the floor. After a few minutes treatment the 17-year-old was cleared to carry on.

Another opportunity came Leeds way just after the half hour mark when Deane met Wright's ball into the box to force a great save out of the keeper and Pugh headed the loose ball wide.

Joachim then fired a shot wide as he leaned off balance, but bar the first ten minutes the half had belonged to United.

Leeds needed to score to make the most of their superiority and the goal eventually came on 42 minutes, a great time to score to break the spirit of the home side.

First Joachim went for a high ball inside the area that Plymouth frantically cleared away but Walton fired it back in where eventually Paul Butler emerged to get the last touch on the ball with a goalwards header that the defender on the line could not keep out.

It was a deserved lead for United, but they could easily have been further infront.

They nearly lost that lead right on the stroke of half time though when Marino Keith beat the offside trap to be faced with just Sullivan to beat.  Once again Sullivan was United's hero as he produced a brilliant stop to leave the striker banging the turf in frustration.

Plymouth Argyle

Starting XI

1Larrieu, Romain

5Coughlan, Graham

22Connolly, Paul

24Gilbert, Peter

15Wotton, Paul

14Capaldi, Tony

7Norris, David

17Makel, Lee

4Friio, David

19Keith, Marino

9Evans, Micky


20Adams, Steve

6Lasley, Keith

8Crawford, Stephen

11Milne, Steven

3Hodges, Lee

Leeds United

Starting XI

1Sullivan, Neil

4Carlisle, Clarke

2Kelly, Gary

3Crainey, Stephen

15Richardson, Frazer

12Pugh, Danny

6Butler, Paul

18Walton, Simon

7Wright, Jermaine

11Joachim, Julian

30Deane, Brian


13Carson, Scott

22Duberry, Michael

17Spring, Matthew

28McMaster, Jamie

10Ricketts, Michael


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