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Last Updated: Sunday, 23 October 2005, 16:15 GMT 17:15 UK
Leicester 2-1 Coventry
Mark de Vries scored either side of half-time to help Leicester win a hard-fought Midlands derby match.

Coventry had gone ahead in the 24th minute when Dele Adebola crossed for Gary McSheffrey to fire a well-struck shot past Foxes keeper Robert Douglas.

But just before the break, Dutch striker De Vries headed an equaliser.

De Vries headed in Momo Sylla's corner a minute after the interval, while Joey Gudjonsson and Dion Dublin were both foiled by visiting keeper Clayton Ince.

  • Leicester manager Craig Levein:
    "I am as pleased today as much as I was disappointed when we were beaten by Burnley on Tuesday night.

    "I sometimes feel sorry for Mark (de Vries) because when he doesn't play well he can look so cumbersome and appears worse than he actually is.

    "It might have taken him time to settle here but he now has eight goals and I'm sure there is more to come."

  • Coventry boss Micky Adams:
    "We started well, but we allowed Leicester to turn it into their game and we didn't seem able to get a foot on the ball.

    "We don't seem able to defend well at set pieces, and I can't understand that as we are big enough at the back.

    "Gary McSheffrey had a shout for one penalty but he claims on both occasions he was clipped by their keeper."

    Leicester: Douglas, Stearman, McCarthy, Dublin, Johansson, Sylla, Gudjonsson, Kisnorbo, Hamill (Tiatto 82), Hume (Hammond 87), de Vries.
    Subs Not Used: Henderson, Maybury, Gerrbrand.

    Booked: Gudjonsson, Sylla.

    Goals: de Vries 45, 46.

    Coventry: Ince, Duffy (Whing 66), Heath, Shaw, Hall, Nalis (Morrell 67), Hughes, Doyle, Adebola, McSheffrey, Scowcroft.
    Subs Not Used: Tuffey, Watson, Impey.

    Booked: McSheffrey, Scowcroft.

    Goals: McSheffrey 24.

    Att: 22,991

    Ref: K Wright (Cambridgeshire).


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