A stirring second-half display helped leaders Leicester City fight back to see off Blackpool and stretch their unbeaten Championship run to 16 games.

The Foxes dominated the first period, only to trail to David Goodwillie's close-range effort.

But Riyad Mahrez equalised with a sweet long-range shot and then teed up the home side's second with a fine cross which was headed in by Wes Morgan.

And a late strike by substitute Kevin Phillips sealed a fourth straight win.

Burnley's home victory over troubled Leeds United means City maintain their seven-point lead at the top of the table.

Leicester's home comforts

Leicester have the best home record in the Championship this season. Their only league defeat at home was 2-0 to Nottingham Forest in November.

But they now look almost certain to gain automatic promotion as they are 17 points clear of third-placed Derby County, with the Rams having played a game more.

Blackpool, whose midweek win over Millwall was their first success in 19 matches in all competitions, were second best throughout and were lucky not to fall behind as the hosts created a flurry of early chances.

Mahrez fired a effort just wide after a Matty James shot had been blocked and winger Anthony Knockaert put an effort into the side-netting after good work by Jeff Schlupp.

Jamie Vardy also saw a header go just wide and David Nugent was off target with an angled shot.

The pressure remained relentless. Vardy had a goal disallowed for offside after running through and the impressive Mahrez tested goalkeeper Matt Gilks after a fine solo run.

Post-match: Leicester boss Pearson

But it was Blackpool who squandered the best chance of the opening half-hour, Neal Bishop sending a free header wide from Andy Halliday's corner.

Vardy then sent a volley - and another shot - wide for Leicester and the visitors made them pay when a long throw caused confusion and Goodwillie netted after a poor attempted punched clearance from goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

The Foxes piled forward after the interval and it was no surprise when Mahrez made it 1-1 with a stunning, swerving strike from 20 yards

Gilks then did superbly to keep out Nugent's header after more good approach play from Mahrez, while substitute Gary Taylor-Fletcher almost scored against his former side with a shot that scraped a post.

But the Foxes were not to be denied and Mahrez produced another superb cross in the 82nd minute which Morgan headed home then, three minutes from time, Phillips knocked a Danny Drinkwater cross into the roof of the net to seal a deserved win.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

"We played against a side who didn't try to win the game and we had to show a lot of patience. I would have done the same if I had been them and it made it a potentially difficult day for us.

"The key thing today was that the players showed a belief in how we play and trusted each other to play with our methods and we got the result we wanted. But it was more difficult than in previous games because we didn't get that early goal and, as we have done on a few occasions, had to win from a losing position.

"But it was a great result for us. It's another game ticked off and another win. Every time we do that it makes it more difficult for sides around us. We showed an awful lot of quality today. The players have got a lot of belief in themselves and each other."

Blackpool interim player-manager Barry Ferguson:

"Leicester are a good team but I set out a gameplan that had worked for 60 minutes. Then they scored a great goal and we felt sorry for ourselves and fell away - and in the end Leicester deserved the win.

"That's been the problem for us all season. We had a good result against Millwall in midweek, but it had been a long time coming. And we did well again for 60 minutes today until the lad (Mahrez) fires a great goal and after that we sat far too deep and invited Leicester on to us.

"You have got to deal with pressure in professional football. I have always been able to deal with it and I would like to think the boys in the dressing room can. We have been through a hard time since I took over.

"It is getting closer and closer to the end of the season and we have got to be able to handle the pressure because we are still a million miles away from being safe."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 de Laet
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 05 Morgan
  • 24 Knockaert (Hammond - 89' )
  • 08 James Booked
  • 09 Vardy Booked (Taylor-Fletcher - 69' )
  • 35 Nugent (Phillips - 78' )
  • 26 Mahrez

Substitutes

  • 07 Hammond
  • 10 King
  • 18 Moore
  • 22 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25 Logan
  • 28 Phillips
  • 39 Wood

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 03 Robinson Booked
  • 12 Bishop (Dobbie - 76' )
  • 05 Mackenzie
  • 06 Broadfoot
  • 02 McMahon
  • 04 Perkins
  • 25 Goodwillie (Fuller - 64' )
  • 17 Basham Booked
  • 14 Halliday (Osbourne - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Davies
  • 15 Haroun
  • 18 Osbourne
  • 19 Fuller
  • 24 Keogh
  • 31 Martínez
  • 33 Dobbie
Ref: Nigel Miller
Att: 27,669

Match Stats

Shots

25 5

On target

8 1

Corners

6 1

Fouls

10 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leicester City 3, Blackpool 1.

90:00 +4:18 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leicester City 3, Blackpool 1.

90:00 +3:34

Attempt missed. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +3:28

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

90:00 +3:12

Attempt saved. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

89:51

Attempt missed. Kevin Phillips (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matthew James with a through ball.

88:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Dean Hammond replaces Anthony Knockaert.

87:44

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

87:44

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool).

86:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 3, Blackpool 1. Kevin Phillips (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

81:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 2, Blackpool 1. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross.

80:35 Booking

Booking Chris Basham (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:15

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:15

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

79:44

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:44

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool).

78:52

Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:52

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

78:14

Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matthew Gilks.

77:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Kevin Phillips replaces David Nugent.

77:41

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

77:41

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:29

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

76:42

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

76:38

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

76:33

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

76:15

Attempt missed. Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by David Nugent.

75:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Stephen Dobbie replaces Neal Bishop.

74:48

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

74:48

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:21

Offside, Blackpool. Neal Bishop tries a through ball, but Ricardo Fuller is caught offside.

73:58

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

73:58

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool).

72:53

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

72:06

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:06

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool).

69:26

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

68:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Gary Taylor-Fletcher replaces Jamie Vardy.

68:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Isaiah Osbourne replaces Andrew Halliday.

66:47

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross.

66:37

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65:37

Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:37

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

63:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Ricardo Fuller replaces David Goodwillie.

61:07

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

61:07

Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 1, Blackpool 1. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

58:53

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Chris Basham.

58:24

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Anthony McMahon.

56:34

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

56:34

Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:43

Attempt missed. Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Robinson.

51:41

Attempt missed. David Goodwillie (Blackpool) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Halliday.

50:38 Booking

Booking Matthew James (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:12

Foul by Matthew James (Leicester City).

50:12

Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:07 Booking

Booking Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

47:07

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

47:07

David Goodwillie (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Leicester City 0, Blackpool 1.

45:00 +1:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leicester City 0, Blackpool 1.

44:09

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

44:09

David Goodwillie (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:22

Attempt blocked. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

42:19

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:19

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

40:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 0, Blackpool 1. David Goodwillie (Blackpool) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal.

37:00

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

33:58

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

33:25

Attempt blocked. Matthew James (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

33:04 Booking

Booking Jack Robinson (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

32:51

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

31:59

Offside, Leicester City. Wes Morgan tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

30:57

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ritchie de Laet with a cross.

25:30

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City).

25:30

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:54

Offside, Leicester City. David Nugent tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

20:27

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

19:08

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

19:08

Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:25

Attempt missed. Neal Bishop (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Halliday with a cross following a corner.

15:59

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Anthony Knockaert.

13:22

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

13:22

Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:31

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kasper Schmeichel.

7:50

Offside, Leicester City. David Nugent tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

5:31

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew James.

3:02

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.

1:26

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater following a corner.

1:16

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

0:47

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Chris Basham.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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