Leicester increased their lead at the top of the Championship table to seven points with a blistering attacking display and stylish victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Derby County.

Ritchie de Laet's fine individual goal rewarded City's early pressure and they could have led by five at half-time.

David Nugent's strike did make it 2-0 only for a De Laet own goal following a corner to give the Rams hope.

But Nugent's penalty and Jamie Vardy's strike sealed an emphatic win.

Foxes dominance

Leicester have now won eight of their last nine games against Derby in all competitions and have beaten them three times this season.

The margin of victory in a thoroughly one-sided promotion derby could and should have been far greater.

But having seen his side completely outplay one of the their main promotion rivals and make it eight wins in nine matches against the Rams, Foxes boss Nigel Pearson is unlikely to be concerned.

Derby showed a few brief glimpses of the intricate play that has so impressed and helped them to 10 wins from 14 league games under manager Steve McClaren.

But Leicester posed a much greater and more persistent threat, with their more disciplined 4-4-2 formation bringing plenty of joy out wide against Derby's midfield trio.

The direct running and sheer pace of Dyer was the standout feature of a brilliant attacking first-half display while the Rams also never looked comfortable against Leicester's lively front duo of Vardy and Nugent.

Vardy sent a clever first-time flicked effort just wide with the outside of his foot and Nugent was unlucky with an acrobatic effort that Grant did well to push away at his near post.

The pressure finally told 25 minutes in and the goal was full of quality. De Laet broke from right-back, beating two men and playing a neat one-two with Nugent on the way, before firing a fine low shot past Grant.

Rams' form slipping

Derby have now lost three games in a row - after winning eight ouf of nine before that

And the chances still continued to come, with Leicester hitting the bar twice in quick succession.

First Vardy was desperately unfortunate to see a strike from a tight angle hit the underside of the bar and bounce away to safety after Grant made a good save from Nugent's low strike.

And Liam Moore's towering header from a corner came back of the bar with Grant well beaten.

For all their dominance against a side who did not muster a shot on target but are the division's highest scorers, the lead was only 1-0 at the interval.

That changed almost immediately though and the home side side will feel they deserved the huge slice of luck that saw Nugent's shot rebound back off his legs and into the net.

The Rams brought on new loan signing Patrick Bamford and Mason Bennett up front and it helped bring their goal.

Bamford had a decent low strike blocked and from the corner that resulted the Rams dragged themselves back into the game when Jake Buxton's header was turned into his own net by De Laet.

But their hopes of an unlikely fightback were immediately hit as the Foxes broke from kick-off and Nugent coolly netted from the penalty spot after Craig Forsyth fouled Vardy to leave their boisterous fans in celebratory mood.

Vardy netted soon afterwards and Leicester cruised to victory with very few scares while the Rams were left to rue a missed chance to go second in the table.

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson:

"Derby are a good team but we got the balance right. We worked very hard and some of our attacking play was very, very good.

"When they got the goal back it was important we responded as quickly as we did because if we didn't then the feel of game may have been different.

"All in all it's a very good day for us. When you play ahead of the rest of the programme it's always nice to take advantage of it, and we played well and deserved it."

Derby boss Steve McClaren:

"Leicester are a very good team and top of table and on that performance you can see why, but we were well below our best - that wasn't the Derby team of recent months.

"But you can't maintain that sort of form all the time, you know you're going to have dips.

"To come to Leicester you need to be at your best, and tonight we weren't. It's a wake up call for us and a realisation that there's a long way to go."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 de Laet
  • 03 Konchesky (Schlupp - 71' )
  • 08 James
  • 05 Morgan
  • 18 Moore
  • 24 Knockaert
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 35 Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher - 83' )
  • 09 Vardy (Wood - 80' )
  • 11 Dyer

Substitutes

  • 07 Hammond
  • 10 King
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 22 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25 Logan
  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 39 Wood

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 33 Wisdom
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 08 Hendrick
  • 38 Keane
  • 25 Buxton
  • 19 Hughes
  • 04 Bryson Booked
  • 09 Martin (Sammon - 74' )
  • 10 Ward (Bennett - 55' )
  • 32 Dawkins (Bamford - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 14 Eustace
  • 17 Freeman
  • 18 Sammon
  • 20 Bennett
  • 26 Legzdins
  • 30 Bailey
  • 35 Bamford
Ref: David Coote
Att: 23,140

Match Stats

Shots

25 9

On target

8 1

Corners

6 7

Fouls

16 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leicester City 4, Derby County 1.

90:00 +3:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leicester City 4, Derby County 1.

90:00 +2:03

Attempt missed. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andre Wisdom.

90:00 +0:15

Attempt missed. Chris Wood (Leicester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

89:50

Attempt saved. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Will Hughes.

89:19

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

89:19

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:03

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

84:49

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Liam Moore.

83:30

Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City).

83:30

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Gary Taylor-Fletcher replaces David Nugent.

81:31

Attempt missed. Chris Wood (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.

80:32

Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:32

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

79:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces Jamie Vardy.

77:42 Booking

Booking Craig Bryson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:30

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

77:30

Matthew James (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:19

Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.

73:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces Chris Martin.

73:38

Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:38

Dangerous play by Michael Keane (Derby County).

73:05

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.

70:33

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

70:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces Paul Konchesky.

69:08

Delay in match Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) because of an injury.

68:47

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

66:35

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jeff Hendrick.

66:32

Attempt blocked. Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

65:08

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.

63:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 4, Derby County 1. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Nugent.

61:24

Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Nugent following a fast break.

59:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 3, Derby County 1. David Nugent (Leicester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

59:06

Penalty Leicester City. Jamie Vardy draws a foul in the penalty area.

59:06

Penalty conceded by Craig Forsyth (Derby County) after a foul in the penalty area.

58:45 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Ritchie de Laet, Leicester City. Leicester City 2, Derby County 1.

58:21

Attempt missed. Jake Buxton (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Will Hughes with a cross following a corner.

57:34

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Konchesky.

57:33

Attempt blocked. Michael Keane (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Hughes.

57:07

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Daniel Drinkwater.

56:26

Attempt blocked. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

55:12

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

55:12

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces Jamie Ward.

54:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Patrick Bamford replaces Simon Dawkins.

53:44

David Nugent (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:44

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

49:20

Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 2, Derby County 0. David Nugent (Leicester City) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

47:26

Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

45:11

Matthew James (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:11

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

45:00

Second Half begins Leicester City 1, Derby County 0.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leicester City 1, Derby County 0.

45:00

Hand ball by David Nugent (Leicester City).

43:26

David Nugent (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:26

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

41:51

Liam Moore (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:51

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

41:50

Attempt blocked. Jake Buxton (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross.

41:15

Foul by Liam Moore (Leicester City).

41:15

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:32

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

39:32

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:38

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

37:25

Liam Moore (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:25

Foul by Michael Keane (Derby County).

36:55

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

36:55

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:53

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

35:53

Simon Dawkins (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:47

Liam Moore (Leicester City) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross following a corner.

35:23

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

34:42

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right.

34:39

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

34:11

Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew James.

33:27

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:27

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

32:18

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Lee Grant.

32:16

Attempt saved. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

31:33

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:33

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

28:22

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Anthony Knockaert.

28:08

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

28:08

Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:58

Matthew James (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:58

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

24:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 1, Derby County 0. Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Nugent.

22:46

Attempt blocked. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Nugent with a headed pass.

22:14

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Lee Grant.

22:12

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

21:38

Attempt missed. Matthew James (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

18:43

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Liam Moore.

18:30

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

18:30

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:07

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross following a set piece situation.

14:43

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

14:43

Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:20

Attempt missed. Matthew James (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

11:18

Attempt saved. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by David Nugent.

11:02

Attempt blocked. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

9:32

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

9:32

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:59

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

8:32

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:32

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

7:21

Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

5:40

Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:40

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

5:00

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

4:21

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

4:21

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:00

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from long range on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Ritchie de Laet.

1:34

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:34

Foul by Matthew James (Leicester City).

0:47

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

0:47

Michael Keane (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:16

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

0:16

Andre Wisdom (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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