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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 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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