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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 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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