Leeds beat West Ham

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Under-fire Leeds manager Terry Venables got a much-needed victory on Sunday, as his team beat West Ham 4-3 in the English Premiere League.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:28 IST
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Under-fire Leeds manager Terry Venables got a much-needed victory on Sunday, although the 4-3 win at West Ham could further threaten the job of his friend and Hammers' manager Glenn Roeder. Sunderland's Howard Wilkinson, another manager under pressure, picked up a 2-0 victory at home against Tottenham. For Leeds, Harry Kewell scored twice to neutralize two strikes from West Ham's Paolo Di Canio - one on a penalty. Mark Viduka and Nick Barmby also scored for Leeds with Trevor Sinclair scoring late for West Ham. West Ham was trying to rebound from an embarrassing loss last week in the League Cup to second-division Oldham. The loss at home left West Ham as the only Premier League time without a home victory. Leeds was also coming off a loss in the League Cup to first-division Sheffield United. Leeds' Danny Mills missed the match for "personal reasons" and defender Jonathan Woodgate was out with a groin injury. Kevin Phillips scored in the 60th minute for Sunderland on a header, beating American international 'keeper Kasey Keller. Two minutes later Tore Andre Flo scored on a close-in, sharp-angle shot that got behind Keller. The victory - the first in the league for Wilkinson since he replaced Peter Reid - gave Sunderland 13 points as it moved out of the final three relegation spots. On Saturday, Liverpool's margin atop the Premier League slipped to one point after a 1-0 loss at Middlesbrough. Second-place Arsenal won 1-0 at home against Newcastle. Gareth Southgate got the winner for Middlesbrough in the 82nd - capitalizing on a goalkeeping error by Polish international Jerzy Dudek. Liverpool was the last team in England's four divisions without a loss this season. "We don't quite know where we can go. This result is massive for us," Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren said. "This gives us more belief and more confidence that we can compete with the top four teams. Not just compete, but we can get results". Arsenal, with five losses in its last six matches, got a victory at Highbury after three straight home losses, with Sylvain Wiltord getting the decider in the 24th. In the 127th Manchester derby, Manchester City used two goals from Shaun Goater - his 99th and 100th for the side - and another from French international Nicolas Anelka to upset Manchester United 3-1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored Man United's only goal as the Reds played without suspended David Beckham. The loss left Manchester United with 22 points in fifth place. For surging Man City, it was the side's third straight Premier League win and pushed the Blues up to 17 points. Liverpool leads the league with 30 points followed by Arsenal (29), Chelsea (23), Everton (23), Man United (22), Middlesbrough (21), Tottenham (20), Blackburn (20) and Newcastle (19). Leeds moved up to 17 with the victory. West Ham stayed on 11 just above West Bromwich Albion (11), Charlton (11) and last-place Bolton (9). (AP)

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