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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 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26

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