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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

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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