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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 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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