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The King Power Stadium (ATT 22,991) 23rd October 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Wright

Leicester Leicester City vs Coventry City Coventry

De Vries heads Foxes to victory

By Mark Kendall.   Last Updated: 23/10/05 5:33pm

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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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Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 44 63
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
13 Birmingham City 44 57
14 Cardiff City 44 56
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 44 53
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 43 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 43 41
22 Millwall 44 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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