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Double salvo sinks Foxes

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 09/12/05 9:42pm

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Stoke City left it late before goals from Mamady Sidibe and Sambegou Bangoura gave The Potters a thrilling 3-2 win over Leicester City.

The Foxes led midway through the second half after Elvis Hammond restored their lead after Paul Gallagher's penalty cancelled out Joey Gudjonsson's opener, but the visitors failed to hang on.

The home side had the first sight of goal but Sidibe blazed wide from Gallagher's right wing cross and just moments later they were behind.

Leicester crafted a well-worked free kick with Gudjonsson slipping past Darel Russell before firing an arrow into Steve Simonsen's corner of the net from outside the box.

Stoke were level before the break when Rab Douglas brought down Bangoura in the area, although Gallagher had to beat Douglas twice with the spot-kick following encroachment by Sidibe first time around.

Just moments after half time the visitors were back in front when Hammond capitalised on a slip in the area to lash home past Simonsen into the far post.

The Foxes had chances to put the game to bed and Gudjonsson was desperately unlucky when his shot hit the crossbar while Iain Hume came within a whisker with a curling effort.

Stoke made Craig Levein's side pay when Sidibe superbly headed home David Brammer's cross and just moments later Bangoura was on hand to head home Brammer's left wing cross.

Leicester were stunned by the double blow and failed to muster an equaliser meaning Stoke climb to sixth in The Championship while The Foxes stay 16th.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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