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Stadium of Light, England

Referee: M Dean | Attendance: 44029

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  • Michael Proctor 34'

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Leeds United

  • James Milner 51'
  • Robbie Fowler 80'

Sunderland 1-2 Leeds: FT Report

Leeds winger James Milner earned himself a place in the record books to strengthen manager Terry Venables' hold on his position at Elland Road following Leeds' 2-1 win at Sunderland.

  • Venables hails record-breaker

    Milner overshadowed Sunderland's own local hero in Michael Proctor, while denying Howard Wilkinson victory over his old club as Leeds remarkably snatched three points from the Stadium of Light courtesy of a Robbie Fowler penalty.

    When Everton's rising star Wayne Rooney became the Premier League's youngest scorer at the age of 16 years 361 days in October with a spectacular winner to end Arsenal's long unbeaten run in October, it appeared a mark which would stand for some time.

    Few people then would have put money on such a record being beaten just over two months later, but Milner can now lay claim to the honour, bagging the equaliser nine days before his 17th birthday at 16 years 357 days.

    With rumours circulating regarding the possible of arrival of Celtic manager Martin O'Neill, either some time next month or in the summer, this latest Leeds triumph will serve as a welcome tonic for Venables.

    It is now seven points out of nine in the last three games for Leeds, but Sunderland will reflect on a game they should have comfortably won, only to end up with nothing and keep them firmly entrenched in the relegation mire.

    Kevin Phillips, who scored twice in Saturday's 2-2 draw at West Brom on Saturday to salvage a point for the Black Cats, will wonder more than most how he was not on the scoresheet again as a catalogue of chances went begging.

    After Phillips had curled over the bar the game's opening chance in the fifth minute, Leeds should have taken the lead soon after.

    Harry Kewell was given a clear sight of goal courtesy of an incisive pass from Alan Smith back on the right wing, with Eirik Bakke restored to the centre after serving a one-match suspension.

    But Kewell, with nine goals to his credit this season, could only drill his shot at a grateful Jurgen Macho as Sunderland were let off the hook.

    Kewell then had another chance on the quarter-hour mark, but this time his left-foot drive bound for Macho's bottom-left corner, was fortuitously deflected over the bar off a covering Phil Babb.

    Sunderland were then a whisker away from taking an 18th minute lead as a break out of their own area led to Kevin Kilbane foraging down the left.

    Kilbane's chipped-in cross to Phillips on the far edge of the six-yard box led to a looping header which had Paul Robinson beaten, only for it to bounce off the top of the bar and onto the net.

    An Ian Harte free-kick and edge-of-the-area shots from Jason Wilcox and Mark Viduka, the latter restored to the starting line-up ahead of Fowler, failed to seriously trouble Macho at a time when Leeds were looking the more creative side.

    But it was Sunderland who converted the next chance of the game 12 minutes from the break, with Phillips whipping in a right-cross from the left, finding Proctor for a crisp header beyond Robinson and off the underside of the bar for his second goal in three matches.

    To add to Sunderland's impetus and Leeds' woe, the visitors lost the influential Smith immediately as the 22-year-old had failed to shake off a knock sustained a few minutes earlier.

    With Leeds now looking ragged they could easily have been two adrift at the break as Phillips was sent racing clear down the right.

    Although with only Robinson to beat, the angle was tight, but the shot was firm and on-target, forcing a smart save from the 23-year-old low down to his, with Danny Mills clearing away the ensuing danger.

    Sunderland continued to pour forward after the break and with two minutes of the restart they spurned a double chance to extend their lead, although credit must go to Robinson and Mills.

    Harte's ball inside just in front of his own 18-yard area was shocking, allowing Phillips another clear sight of goal, but Robinson brilliantly saved low to his left.

    The rebound then fell to Proctor, but from point-blank range Mills blocked superbly as Leeds breathed again, equalising soon after through Milner as he slid home a Wilcox cross from six yards.

    Sunderland then took control of the game as Leeds escaped again in the following 10 minutes, initially in a scramble as the ball pinged around the United area, only for the Whites' goal to lead a charmed life.

    Phillips then had two more chances, but the alertness of Robinson saved Leeds as the 23-year-old raced off his line to block virtually at the feet of the frustrated forward.

    It was clearly one of those days for Phillips for in the 70th minute he latched onto a ball which bounced over substitute Michael Duberry, but this time his shot was skewed wide of the left-hand post.

    After Viduka had forced a fine save from Macho in the 74th minute, he was then soon replaced by Fowler and within moments he was scoring the winner from the spot after Proctor had brought down Kewell from behind.

    Fowler, who missed a penalty in last season's Boxing Day clash at Bolton when he also scored a hat-trick, made no mistake this time as he sent Macho the wrong way.

    This time, after conceding a goal in the final two minutes of a match six times this season, Leeds held on for the win.

  • Venables hails record-breaker Milner

    Leeds boss Terry Venables believes youngster James Milner has what it takes to

    keep his head after today writing his name in the Premiership record books.

    Venables said of the right-winger: 'He has played for 15-20 minutes in other games and even though we have been

    losing some of those matches when he has come on, we feel it has been good for


    'He is growing in this group, so it's not just a case of him simply coming

    through and helping out because every day he is getting better and better.'

    Venables continued: 'He has two good feet, he is courageous and everyone likes him a lot. He also

    is not only a nice, solid, good, well-mannered boy, he is a very talented


    And on setting the new record, Venables added: 'He is aware of what he has done.

    'It's a good story and that will give him a bit more belief that he can come

    on, be involved and score goals.'

    Leeds have now taken seven points from the last two matches to further ease

    the pressure on Venables.

    He added: 'It was a courageous and gritty three points. We knew they would

    come at us and they were very direct and put us under a lot of pressure.'

    Meanwhile, it was one of those days for Kevin Phillips, who missed a hatful of chances.

    But Sunderland boss and former Leeds

    manager Howard Wilkinson was encouraged. He said: 'That was probably our best

    all-round attacking performance since I arrived.

    'We have created chances, looked threatening and looked as if we wanted to


    'On Saturday he [Phillips] had four or five and scored twice, yet today he had more

    chances than that, but couldn't score.

    'I'm guessing if he has the same amount of chances against Southampton

    on Saturday then he will score again, but on this occasion today you have to give

    credit to a very good goalkeeper.

    'But undoubtedly it was Kevin's best performance. I think he - touch wood -

    has turned the corner, with the injury now a distant memory.'

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  • Scoring Summary

    • Sunderland
    • Leeds United

    Match Stats

    • Sunderland
    • Leeds United
    18(6) Shots (on goal) 10(4)
    0 Fouls 0
    0 Corner kicks 0
    0 Offsides 0
    44% Time of Possession 56%
    0 Yellow Cards 1
    0 Red Cards 0
    0 Saves 0


    • Sunderland
    • Leeds United
    Yellow Cards
    Mark Viduka (12')