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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 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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