Leeds steal 2-0 win at Newcastle

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/G/Genericlandscape.jpg' class='caption'> Leeds United produced a classic display of counter attacking football to steal all three points off Newcastle at St James' Park on Wednesday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:28 IST
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Leeds United produced a classic display of counter attacking football to steal all three points off Newcastle at St James' Park on Wednesday. In keeping with sporting events around the globe, a minutes silence was observed at St James' Park before the match to remember the victims of September 11th. In a frenetic opening to the match, it only took five minutes for Leeds to find a way through as Harry Kewell sprung Newcastle's offside trap and squared the ball into his fellow Australian Mark Viduka, who slid in to send the roof of the net billowing. Newcastle then pressed forward at every opportunity - but Leeds still could have stole a second on the break when centre back Jonathan Woodgate ventured forward and screwed a shot narrowly wide. Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson was the star of the show at St James - much to the frustration of the home side. Shola Ameobi may have thought he had found a way past the stout Leeds defence, but was twice denied by the sharp reflexes of Robinson - Leeds hanging on for a 1-0 advantage at the break. The relentless pace of proceedings did not let up in the second half, with the usually reliable Alan Shearer hitting straight at Robinson with the goal at his mercy. With Newcastle laying siege at the Leeds' goal, Olivier Bernard then cleverly tricked his way around two Leeds defenders and chipped the ball into the far post for Ameobi. Not for the first time in the evening though, the young Newcastle striker could not find the target - blazing his header over to leave his manager wondering how his side had failed to score. As the astonishing amount of chances kept on flowing, Peruvian midfielder Solano then forced another superb save from Robinson, who acrobatically repelling his forceful drive from the edge of the penalty area. After repelling the barrage of Newcastle attacks, Leeds stealthily secured all three points three minutes from time. The home side failed to clear their lines from a corner, and the ball eventually found its way to the newly capped England striker Alan Smith, who belted home with relish. It was reward for a resilient display from Terry Venables side, who move up to third in the table. Sir Bobby Robson could do worse than call his side in for target practice after their profligacy in front of goal - the Magpies now second from bottom with four points from their opening four games. (AP)

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