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The King Power Stadium (ATT 22,382) 26th November 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Stroud

Leicester Leicester City vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

Dull Blades out-foxed

By Simon Fudge.   Last Updated: 26/11/05 5:00pm

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Sheffield United lost more ground on Championship leaders Reading after a 4-2 defeat at Leicester City.

With ongoing reports that Blades boss Neil Warnock may be set to leave Bramall Lane for the vacant manager's post at Portsmouth, there seemed an air of unease around the South Yorkshire club.

They were undone by a fine performance from Craig Levein's side, even though Danny Webber missed a chance to give United the lead with a header that flew just wide of goal after 26 seconds.

Elvis Hammond then hit the crossbar for The Foxes five minutes later, but the home side soon claimed the lead on 11 minutes.

Canadian international Iain Hume finished off Hammond's header from close range to give Leicester the lead.

The former Tranmere Rovers hit-man then turned provider, as Ryan Smith headed home Hume's cross from the right for a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes.

Hume then forced Blades goalkeeper Paddy Kenny into a good save from Smith's cross, as The Foxes took their two-goal lead into the break.

Substitute Steve Kabba came on for the second half and reduced the deficit after tapping home Webber's cross for 2-1.

After quality chances were squandered at both ends, Hammond restored Leicester's two-goal lead with an assured finish on 74 minutes.

Hume then got his second with a powerful finish in injury time for 4-1, before Webber bundled a header home to make the scoreline more respectable.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 43 93
2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 43 64
9 Nottingham Forest 43 62
10 Bournemouth 43 62
11 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
12 Watford 42 60
13 Middlesbrough 43 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 43 53
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 42 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Millwall 43 43
21 Charlton Athletic 42 42
22 Blackpool 43 42
23 Barnsley 43 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37

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