Date: 19th August 2007 at 11:24am
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A late flurry of goals saw Leeds overcome Southend United in the first home game of the season, taking the points tally to just -9.

Following the unbeaten start to the season at Tranmere and Macclesfield, fans flocked to Elland Road to see The Whites in action, causing kick off to be delayed by 15 minutes due to crowd congestion. The delay didn`t seem to affect Leeds as they raced into an early lead after just 3 minutes as new captain Alan Thompson dispatched a trade-mark free kick past Southend goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan.

Southend waited until the 70th minute to restore parity to the game, as Adam Barrett benefited from a rebound to poke home from close range after Casper Ankergren had made a good save from Lee Bradbury.

Tore-Andre Flo was introduced to the Elland Road faithful for the first time since January of this year on 80 minutes, and just like his debut he didn`t disappoint, firing home from a Seb Carole cross just 6 minutes later sending the 24,000+ crowd completely bonkers.

If they thought that was the end of the fun, they were mistaken as Carole turned provider yet again, this time from a corner as Rui Marques scored his first ever goal for the club on 90 minutes. As Leeds looked comfortable in stoppage time, a through ball saw persistent Scunthorpe target Jermaine Beckford volley home to make it 4-1.

The new-look Leeds side have reacted well to the 15 point penalty installed on them by the Football League, and club chairmen who have nothing against anyone at the club bar Ken Bates. This latest victory puts Leeds on -9 points, obviously remaining at the foot of the table but League One clubs beware, Leeds United are on a major roll.

Leeds United: Ankergren, Richardson, Heath, Marques, Hughes (Parker 72), Prutton (Flo 80), Thompson, Douglas, Westlake (Carole 42), Kandol, Beckford.
Subs not used: Howson, Weston.

Southend United: Flahavan, Wilson, Clarke, Barrett, Gower (Black 90), Campbell-Ryce, Bradbury (MacDonald 82), McCormack, Harrold, Bailey, Gilbert (Richards 82).
Sub not used: Collis, Hooper.

Referee: N Swarbrick

Attendance: 24,036



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