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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 23 45
2 Ipswich Town 23 44
3 Derby County 23 42
4 Middlesbrough 23 42
5 Brentford 23 40
6 Watford 23 38
7 Norwich City 23 37
8 Blackburn Rovers 23 34
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 34
10 Nottingham Forest 23 31
11 Cardiff City 23 31
12 Charlton Athletic 23 31
13 Sheffield Wednesday 23 31
14 Bolton Wanderers 23 29
15 Fulham 23 28
16 Birmingham City 23 28
17 Reading 23 26
18 Rotherham United 23 25
19 Huddersfield Town 23 25
20 Leeds United 23 24
21 Millwall 23 23
22 Wigan Athletic 23 20
23 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 20
24 Blackpool 23 13

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