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Ricoh Arena (ATT 19,084) 3rd January 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: N Miller

Coventry Coventry City vs Leeds United Leeds

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Whites sink Sky Blues

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 03/01/05 5:00pm

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Leeds United bounced back from their disappointing loss to Crewe with a 2-1 victory over former manager Peter Reid's Coventry City.

Goals either side of half time from Nathan Blake, his first for the club, and David Healy, his 11th in total for the season, secured the win.

Gary McSheffrey pulled one back for The Sky Blues late on and despite Clarke Carlisle seeing red for landing a second yellow card, Leeds held on.

The match began at a high tempo with both sides looking for the early breakthrough at Highfield Road.

Dele Adebola came close to breaking the deadlock after 10 minutes, but he headed over from Stephen Hughes' free kick, while Frazer Richardson should have done better at the other end.

Following a sustained period of pressure from the visitors, they took the lead after 28 minutes with Blake netting his first goal for The Whites.

Blake could have had two before the break but his header from Jermaine Wright's corner drifted just over Luke Steele's goal.

Coventry came out all guns blazing after the break, however efforts from Graham Barrett and Gary McSheffrey could not find the back of the net.

With Leeds on the back foot, the visitors broke on the counter-attack after 65 minutes and Healy opted against squaring to Simon Walton and fired past Steele.

Coventry were given a glimmer of hope when McSheffrey pulled one back with eight minutes to go but it proved nothing more than a consolation against Leeds who finished with 10 men.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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