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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 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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