On this day: 2005 - Leeds recover from 3-0 down to beat Southampton 4-3

Robbie Blake, pictured during a game against Coventry, scored Leeds' second

Leeds had look dead and buried with 20 minutes to go as Southampton picked them apart.

Then Leeds manager Kevin BlackwellThen Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell

Leeds United went into their game against Southampton on November 19th 2005 knowing that they faced an uphill battle in their quest to end their five-match winless run.

But with 20 minutes to go in the clash on the south coast, that uphill task had become a mountain that Kevin Blackwell's men appeared to have no chance of climbing. 

The Saints were still finding their feet in the second tier following their relegation from the Premier League the previous season, but they came into the game having won two of the their last three and having kept a clean sheet in each of those three fixtures. 

And the home side got off to the perfect start as some woeful Leeds defending from a corner allowed the Saints to get two free headers away, the second of which was put into the back of the net by Marian Pahars after 27 minutes.

Southampton needed just eight minutes to double their lead as a brilliant run down the right-wing from 16-year-old Theo Walcott led to the academy graduate cutting the ball back into the path of Nigel Quashie, who showed plenty of composure to tuck the ball home from the edge of the box.

Quashie would seemingly put the game beyond doubt before the break as a handball from future Saints player Dan Harding allowed the midfielder to score his second from the penalty spot.

With the first 25 minutes of the second-half passing without notable incident, onlookers would have been forgiven for thinking that the Whites had accepted their fate while the home side had taken their foot off the pedal and were looking to cruise to full-time.

But while the latter may have been true, it seems Leeds had other ideas.

United centre-back Paul Butler gave Blackwell's men a lifeline with 19 minutes to go as his towering header found the top corner. 

Too little too late it still seemed.

Robbie Blake, pictured during a game against Coventry, scored Leeds' secondRobbie Blake, pictured during a game against Coventry, scored Leeds' second

Suddenly however, the game was brought back to life as a low cross from David Healy was turned in by Robbie Blake from around eight yards. 

Incredibly, much like Southampton were earlier in the game, Leeds were then given the chance to bag their third from the penalty spot. And David Healy did not disappoint as he found the top corner to leave Antti Niemi with no chance. 

3-3 with six minutes to go. But there was to be one final twist in what had already been an incredible game.

David Healy, pictured in action against Stoke, scored Leeds' equaliserDavid Healy, pictured in action against Stoke, scored Leeds' equaliser

A cross from Rob Hulse somehow found its way past three Saints defenders and into the path of Liam Miller. 

The midfielder was on loan from Manchester United at the time, so would have known that he needed to make a considerable contribution during his time at Elland Road if he hoped to win Leeds supporters over. 

And while he only really made one notable contribution, it is one that is likely to be fondly remembered by Leeds fans for years to come as he smashed the ball home from 12 yards to complete the sensational turnaround and send the away fans into a frenzy.

The inevitability of the result by this stage was perhaps best summed up by Niemi's resignation as the ball flew past him and into the net. The wrong-footed goalkeeper could not even find the energy to dive in the opposite direction as he realised that having been 3-0 up 15 minutes earlier, the Saints were now going to lose 4-3 after a stunning comeback from Leeds.

And current Leeds boss Garry Monk will be hoping that if his side fall behind against Newcastle tomorrow, they will be able to summon the same kind of spirit to turn things around and continue their ascent up the table. 

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