Leicester City 3-0 Blackburn Rovers
Report of match 26th February 2013
Reporter Joe Harris
The Foxes ended their barren spell in emphatic style, putting three past Michael Appleton's Blackburn Rovers at the King Power Stadium last night to renew hopes of an automatic promotion place.
Nigel Pearson's men were without top goalscorer David Nugent for the visit of Blackburn Rovers, but the strike partnership of Chris Wood and Tottenham loanee Harry Kane still proved too strong for the visitors.
The Foxes started the night eager to put an end to a poor run of results that had seen them pick up just one point from their last three Championship matches.
And, Nigel Pearson can thank his 'keeper Kasper Schmeichel for ensuring his side had the best possible chance of winning the match after he pulled off what will certainly be a contender for save of the season midway through the first half.
City had been enjoying a prolonged spell of attacking play but their failure to convert a host of chances meant that Blackburn had an opportunity of their own to open the scoring when they won a corner on 23 minutes.
David Bentley's centre was cleared by Chris Wood, but when the ball was returned goalwards on the volley by Morten Gamst Pedersen, a goal looked inevitable, especially as the ball took wickid deflection just yards from goal. However, the Dane stopper displayed his incredible reaction speeds to claw the ball over the bar.
Minutes later, Leicester finally broke the deadlock. Ben Marshall, who has been lacking in form of late, found space out wide before producing an inch-perfect cross for Chris Wood to convert at the far post - his ninth goal in as many games for City.
Marshall was at the centre of the Foxes attacking endeavours once again when the home side doubled their lead minutes before the break.
The winger sent in another a superb cross, this time Harry Kane duly obliged to nod home – capping another impressive performance for the youngster who joined on loan from Tottenham last week.
The Foxes lead never looked in doubt in the second half and the three points were all but won before Andy King ended his goalless run with a headed finish from a Martyn Waghorn corner deep into stoppage time.
This impressive win sees the Foxes close the gap to second-placed Watford. And, a game in hand over their rivals combined with the fact that now just five points separate Nigel Pearson’s team and an automatic promotion spot gives the Foxes faithful something to finally shout about after ending a poor month on a high note.
|Competition: npower Championship Kick Off: 19:45 Venue: Filbert Way Attendance: 19,561|
|3 - 0||Blackburn R.
|90+0||Corner taken by Martyn Waghorn, Andy King scores a headed goal from close in. Leicester 3-0 Blackburn.Assist by Martyn Waghorn.|
|87||Corner taken by Martyn Waghorn.|
|85||Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Henley on Jamie Vardy. Chris Wood leaves the field to be replaced by Martyn Waghorn. Ben Marshall has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Jake Kean.|
|85||Effort from outside the box by Chris Wood goes wide right of the target.|
|84||Jamie Vardy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Bentley. David Bentley takes the direct free kick.|
|82||Jamie Vardy replaces Harry Kane.|
|78||Foul by Wes Morgan on Miguel Nuno Gomes, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Bentley.|
|77||Effort from long range by Markus Olsson goes wide of the left-hand upright.|
|77||Harry Kane is ruled offside. Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.|
|76||Inswinging corner taken by Ben Marshall from the left by-line, Grant Hanley makes a clearance.|
|74||Lloyd Dyer is brought on as a substitute for Anthony Knockaert.|
|70||Adam Henley concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Marshall. Ben Marshall takes the direct free kick. Miguel Nuno Gomes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jordan Rhodes.|
|69||Markus Olsson has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.|
|66||Inswinging corner taken by David Bentley from the left by-line.|
|60||Unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Danny Drinkwater results in a free kick. Grant Hanley takes the direct free kick.|
|49||Shot on goal by Ben Marshall from just inside the area goes over the target.|
|46||Harry Kane produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.|
|45||(Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Markus Olsson coming on for Morten Gamst Pedersen. Adam Henley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Karim Rekik.|
|45+0||David Bentley fouled by Anthony Knockaert, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.|
|44||Effort on goal by Chris Wood from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.|
|40||Inswinging corner taken by Ben Marshall from the left by-line, Harry Kane scores a headed goal from close range. Leicester 2-0 Blackburn.Assist by Ben Marshall.|
|38||The referee gives a free kick against Anthony Knockaert for handball. Free kick taken by Scott Dann.|
|33||Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Anthony Knockaert, save by Jake Kean.|
|32||Jordan Rhodes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Konchesky. Paul Konchesky takes the free kick.|
|28||Chris Wood grabs a headed goal from close range. Leicester 1-0 Blackburn.Assist on the goal came from Ben Marshall.|
|25||Inswinging corner taken by Ben Marshall from the left by-line, Michael Keane produces a left-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.|
|22||David Bentley takes the inswinging corner, Chris Wood makes a clearance. Morten Gamst Pedersen has an effort at goal. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.|
|21||Anthony Knockaert takes a shot. Save by Jake Kean. Ben Marshall takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Grant Hanley. Inswinging corner taken by Anthony Knockaert.|
|15||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Lowe by Wes Morgan. Strike comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen from the free kick.|
|14||Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line played to the near post.|
|10||Close range headed effort by Chris Wood misses to the right of the goal.|
|8||Karim Rekik concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Knockaert. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Anthony Knockaert, Danny Murphy manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Anthony Knockaert, clearance by Scott Dann.|
|6||Harry Kane takes a shot. Jake Kean makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Anthony Knockaert, clearance made by Grant Hanley.|
|5||Effort from outside the penalty box by David Bentley goes wide left of the goal.|
|4||Anthony Knockaert gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Lowe. Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.|
|2||David Bentley takes a shot.|
|2||Harry Kane takes a shot. Save by Jake Kean.|
|1||Effort by Ben Marshall from a long way out goes over the target.|