De Vries heads Foxes to victory
By Mark Kendall. Last Updated: 23/10/05 5:33pm
A brace from Mark De Vries ensured Leicester emerged victorious from their Midlands derby with Coventry.
The Foxes had trailed to a Gary McSheffrey strike midway through the first half, but De Vries pounced either side of the interval to hand a welcome three points to Craig Levein's side.
The Foxes started brightly and should have edged ahead on six minutes, but Joey Gudjonsson could get no purchase on his volley and shot tamely at Clayton Ince.
The Icelander did better shortly afterwards with an effort from the edge of the box but was denied by a brave block from Michael Doyle.
However, it was the visitors who drew first blood with their first real effort of note - Dele Adebola crossed for McSheffrey who showed neat control before planting a firm drive past Robert Douglas.
Gudjonsson continued to drive Leicester forward and was thwarted by a fine save from Ince, but De Vries restored parity on the stroke of half time as he rose to head home emphatically.
With the second half barely a minute old, the Dutchman stunned Coventry's travelling support by grabbing his second with another header, this time from Momo Sylla's inswinging corner.
Having moved ahead Leicester pushed forward to try and make the game safe and the ever-willing Gudjonsson went close again on the hour mark.
Dion Dublin was also denied by Ince, but Coventry could have snatched a share of the spoils in the closing stages when Andy Morrell saw his header tipped away by Douglas.
The win sees Leicester climb to 13th, while Coventry remain just one place above the bottom three with a long, hard season seemingly ahead.
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