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Copy from Football Unlimited of 16/01/2006.
Just when Leeds were beginning to look partially threatening to the top two's Championship hegemony they stumble unexpectedly. Again. Four consecutive wins had given Kevin Blackwell's side momentum, but a somewhat disjointed performance in the rustic surroundings of Withdean was punished by Gary Hart's late winner.
"Every good run comes to an end," said Shaun Derry, who had enjoyed the better of a pitched midfield battle. "We wanted to make it five on the bounce but Brighton are fighting for their lives and they put up a good performance. Everybody seems to raise the bar against Leeds when we go places - that's something we've combated this season, but we've just come a little unstuck today."
Before Christmas Leeds won four in the row before losing at home to Cardiff, a surprise result that served to suck the wind temporarily from their sails. Recovery was swift and needs to be so again. Momentum may have been lost again but the blow was at least cushioned by Sheffield United's failure to win at Ipswich.
Copy from Football Unlimited of 15/01/2006.
"There's something about this place," muttered a disgruntled Leeds manager, Kevin Blackwell, after a record-breaking crowd at the Withdean witnessed Brighton's fifth league win of the season. And what a vital win it was, as the hosts climbed out of the relegation zone to revitalise their survival chances.
If the result was a surprise, Brighton's Paul Reid was an unexpected scorer of the game's opening goal in the 10th minute. The Australian defender had not got on the scoresheet for his club since the end of the last season, but he expertly steered Alexandre Frutos' low cross past Leeds goalkeeper Neil Sullivan with the outside of his right boot to send the Withdean wild.
An unlikely scorer then, but when you are struggling for goals, you have flogged your top striker, Leon Knight, and you cannot attract a replacement, any scorer will do.