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KEEPER HAULED OFF AS LEEDS COLLAPSE; CHAMPIONSHIP.

GOALKEEPER Paul Rachubka was hauled off at half-time after a pair of costly errors sent 10-man Leeds United spiralling towards a 5-0 home defeat against Blackpool last night.

Liverpool loan star Jonjo Shelvey notched a hat-trick and Lomana Lua Lua bagged a brace on his first start for the club, but despite banishing consecutive defeats with an at-times swashbuckling display, Ian Holloway's men had more than a little help from Rachubka.

Signed after his release by Blackpool this summer, Rachubka has endured a tough introduction to the United first team since Andy Lonergan suffered a fractured finger last month.

He was publicly backed by boss Simon Grayson after a mistake handed Coventry a 1-1 draw at Elland Road, but his shaky form has continued and his manager was in less conciliatory mood as 18-year-old Alex Cairns was handed his professional debut at the start of the second half.

Following Lua Lua's opener he spilled a routine catch, leading to Tom Lees' dismissal for deliberate handball and Shelvey's first from the penalty spot. And Shelvey found his second goal amid more giftwrapping as Rachubka dropped a Lua Lua shot at his feet.

Blackpool's leading lights added a goal apiece in the second half to make it an uncomfortable night for Grayson against the club he left in acrimonious circumstances in December 2008.

chio and Cairns briefly buoyed Leeds as the second half began.

Gilks rushed from his line to avert the danger as Adam Clayton burst through the Seasiders' defence, and top scorer Ross McCormack had a shot blocked, with optimistic penalty shouts falling on deaf ears.

Cairns received his second ovation of the night following a routine save from Shelvey, but he was left with no chance in the 65th minute when Lua Lua cut inside Paul Connelly and lashed into the top corner.

Substitute Martinez Angel then played through Shelvey to clinically complete his hat-trick with 12 minutes remaining.

Filip Kiss scored his first goal for Cardiff City in a 3-0 victory over lacklustre Derby County which moved the Welsh club play-off places.

The Rams' unbeaten run of four home games was ended with aplomb by a vigorous Bluebirds performance, Slovakian Kiss opening the scoring in the first half from a pass by Sky Blues old boy Ben Turner.

The second half saw Kevin Kilbane turn the ball into his own net and Peter Whittingham slot home a regulation third as Cardiff produced their first away win since the opening day of the season.

Rams right-back Russell Anderson was then forced off after 30 minutes but the visitors also suffered an injury blow of their own when Marshall failed to re-emerge after the break following a first-half knock.

PWDL FAP Southampton.. 15 10 3 2 33 15 33 West Ham ....... 15 8 4 3 26 13 28 Middlesbro...... 15 7 6 2 19 12 27 CrystalPalace..15 7 4 4 181225 Cardiff ............. 15 6 6 3 27 20 24 Hull..................14 7 3 4 141324 Derby...............

15 7 3 5 20 20 24 Blackpool ........ 15 6 4 5 25 19 22 Leicester..........15 6 4 5 201822 Leeds ...............

15 6 4 5 25 25 22 Birmingham....12 6 3 3 181321 Brighton..........15 5 5 5 171720 Ipswich ............

14 62 6 19 24 20 Peterborough . 15 6 18 29 27 19 Millwall ........... 15 4 6 5 19 17 18 Reading...........

Burnley ............ 15 4 6 5 151518 Barnsley........... 14 5 3 6 192018 15 4 6 5 17 19 18 Nottm Forest... 15 5 28 15 24 17 Portsmouth.....15 4 4 7 161816 Watford ..........

Coventry ...... 15 4 4 7 15 25 16 15 26 7 11 20 12 Bristol City....... 15 24 9 11 26 10 Doncaster........

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STAR MAN: Blackpool's onloan ace Jonjo Shelvey tangles with Danny Pugh at Elland Road last night.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Nov 3, 2011
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