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The BBC's Andy Barwell
"Coventry threw everything forward"
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Saturday, 27 November, 1999, 17:45 GMT
Heskey sinks Sky Blues
Emile Heskey beats Paul Williams with a fine strike to win the match Emile Heskey beats Paul Williams with a fine strike to win the match

Coventry 0-1 Leicester

Emile Heskey earned Leicester their third away win of the Premiership season - and gave England manager Kevin Keegan a reminder of his talents for good measure.

The burly striker pressed his claims for a place in the Euro 2000 squad with a superb goal on 60 minutes that gave the Foxes their first league double over their Midlands rivals for 47 years.

There looked to be little threat to the Coventry goal when Heskey, with three defenders ahead of him, collected the ball 30 yards out.

Muzzy Izzett pushes on in search of a Leicester second Muzzy Izzett pushes on in search of a Leicester second
But in one swift movement he turned and smacked a powerful low shot past Magnus Hedman's despairing dive into the bottom corner of the Coventry net.

The narrow victory took Leicester into fifth place and keeps then on course for a surprise place in Europe.

Coventry, though, will feel they possibly earned a draw - particularly their veteran playmaker Gary McAllister, who was the most impressive player on the pitch.

The 35-year-old Scot so nearly earned the Sky Blues a late point as they chased an equaliser, but his swerving free-kick crashed against the bar.

Blood and thunder

The game was full of typical derby commitment, but there was a definite lack of top quality action and one goal was always likely to settle it.

Leicester were the first to impress, Hedman diverting Muzzy Izzet's drive and Gerry Taggart heading wide from Steve Guppy's free-kick.

But Coventry struck back and Cedric Roussel's acute angled shot was tipped over the bar by Tim Flowers, who then kept out a Gary Breen header.

McAllister then lit up Highfield Road with a stunning 50-yard pass that split open the Foxes defence and sent Roussel clear - but the striker could only find the side netting.

Coventry's David Burrows floors Robbie Savage Coventry's David Burrows floors Robbie Savage
It was the last meaningful act from Roussel, who was then stretchered off with a head injury after colliding with Youssef Chippo.

Leicester then began to take control of proceedings and Tony Cottee should have put the visitors ahead - but he sent an eight-yard shot over the bar after Breen's slip-up had presented him with a glorious chance.

In-form striker Robbie Keane - a marginal presence throughout for Coventry - had one real opening in first half injury time, but his low shot from Chippo's cross was saved at the second attempt by Flowers.

The former Blackburn keeper then saved from Steve Froggatt as Coventry pushed on at the start of the second half.

But there was no way through for the Sky Blues - and Heskey ensured it was to be Leicester's day.


Coventry: Hedman, Telfer, Breen, Williams, Burrows, Hadji, McAllister, Palmer, Chippo, Roussel, Keane.
Subs: Ogrizovic, Konjic, Whelan, Froggatt, Eustace.

Leicester: Flowers, Taggart, Elliott, Sinclair, Impey, Savage, Izzet, Lennon, Guppy, Heskey, Cottee.
Subs: Arphexad, Walsh, Marshall, Oakes, Zagorakis.

Referee: S Lodge (Barnsley)
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