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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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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 28 54
2 Derby County 28 54
3 Middlesbrough 28 53
4 Ipswich Town 28 51
5 Brentford 28 49
6 Watford 28 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 45
8 Norwich City 28 44
9 Blackburn Rovers 28 39
10 Sheffield Wednesday 28 38
11 Birmingham City 28 37
12 Nottingham Forest 28 34
13 Cardiff City 28 34
14 Bolton Wanderers 28 34
15 Fulham 28 34
16 Reading 28 34
17 Huddersfield Town 28 34
18 Charlton Athletic 28 33
19 Leeds United 28 32
20 Rotherham United 28 30
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 28 29
22 Millwall 28 27
23 Wigan Athletic 28 22
24 Blackpool 28 20

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