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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 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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