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Kingston Communications Stadium (ATT 20,192) 29th August 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Clattenburg

Hull City Hull City vs Leicester City Leicester

Foxes hold Tigers

By Paul Higham.   Last Updated: 29/08/05 4:55pm

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Hull City were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Leicester at The KC Stadium.

Peter Taylor's side had the better of the first half but did not go ahead until early in the second period through Craig Fagan's close range effort.

Patrick McCarthy headed Leicester level on 65 minutes and Craig Levein's side then looked the most likely to get a winner as Hull were forced well onto the back foot, but The Foxes could not find a way past the home defence.

Hull had dominated the opening half hour and were unlucky not to go ahead as Jason Price and Danny Coles both headed against the crossbar, while Fagan had a free header from Nick Barmby's 27th-minute free kick, but could only find the post with his effort.

Leicester nearly made the hosts pay for their missed chances in the closing ten minutes of the half, with Mark de Vries just inches away from connecting with Momo Sylla's teasing cross.

Boaz Myhill ensured Hull went in level at the break with two great saves inside a minute, firstly tipping over a thumping header from de Vries before turning a deflected shot from the same striker around the post from the resulting corner.

Hull again started the better of the two sides in the second half, and Fagan put them ahead in the 51st minute from close range, but the goal only served to shake The Foxes into a response.

The visitors levelled on 65 minutes when McCarthy was left free at the far post to convert Richard Stearman's cross, and they could have gone in front had Damien Delaney not managed to head off the line from under the shadow of his own crossbar.

Myhill produced a fine stop to turn aside Gareth Williams' powerful strike after he had burst into the box as Leicester made all the running for a winner, but they could not find a way through and Hull hung on for a point.

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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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