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The King Power Stadium (ATT 25,762) 26th April 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A D'Urso

Leicester Leicester City vs Derby County Derby

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Connolly wins it for Foxes

By Simon Fudge.   Last Updated: 26/04/05 9:45pm

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A second half strike from David Connolly was enough to hand Leicester a 1-0 win against Midlands rivals Derby County at The Walkers Stadium.

The win assured Championship safety for Craig Levein's side while The Rams missed a glorious chance to secure a place in next month's play-offs following the defeat.

The home side had the better of the first half opportunities, with Connolly missing the target with a right foot volley while Dion Dublin then failed to bother Rams goalkeeper Lee Camp with a far post header from Alan Maybury's cross from the right.

Leicester's best chance fell to an unmarked Patrick McCarthy, but he failed to connect with Jordan Stewart's foot free kick right in front of Camp's goal.

The Foxes continued to pressure their Midlands rivals, with skipper Danny Tiatto missing with two chances of his own.

The Rams rarely threatened Leicester's goal, but their best chance fell to Marco Reich, but his left foot strike flew just wide of the far post.

The half ended with Leicester on the attack, as Dublin shot over Camp's crossbar with a bicycle kick from Maybury's cross while Connolly was adjudged offside after scoring Dublin's knockdown in the Derby box.

The second half saw Derby boss George Burley substitute Grzegorz Rasiak for Paul Peschisolido to provide a boost in their attack.

However, The Foxes deservedly broke the deadlock five minutes after the restart, as Connolly sublimely took down Tiatto's cross in the Derby box before finishing right footed past Camp to make it 1-0.

Seconds later, Tiatto had a great chance to score a second, but his run into Derby's box saw Camp just do enough to put him off, as the ball rolled out for a goal kick.

The goal prompted The Rams to push forward, but they struggled to break Leicester's backline down, with substitute Ian Taylor squandering a close range chance in an unmarked position in front of Walker's goal.

Derby's best chance to level came in the dying stages, but Walker did well to block Tommy Smith's point blank strike to keep a clean sheet.

In the end, Leicester secured their place in The Championship with victory while Derby will need results in their final two matches to secure a play-off place.

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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 14 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 Fulham 14 14
20 Wigan Athletic 13 12
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
22 Birmingham City 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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