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Leicester City 4-1 Derby County

By Owen PhillipsBBC Sport at King Power Stadium
David Nugent

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.

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.

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."

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de Laet
  • 3KoncheskySubstituted forSchluppat 71'minutes
  • 8James
  • 5Morgan
  • 18Moore
  • 24Knockaert
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 35NugentSubstituted forTaylor-Fletcherat 83'minutes
  • 9VardySubstituted forWoodat 80'minutes
  • 11Dyer

Substitutes

  • 7Hammond
  • 10King
  • 15Schlupp
  • 22Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25Logan
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 39Wood

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 33Wisdom
  • 3Forsyth
  • 8Hendrick
  • 38Keane
  • 25Buxton
  • 19Hughes
  • 4BrysonBooked at 78mins
  • 9MartinSubstituted forSammonat 74'minutes
  • 10WardSubstituted forBennettat 55'minutes
  • 32DawkinsSubstituted forBamfordat 55'minutes

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home25
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 4, Derby County 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Liam Moore.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

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

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces Jamie Vardy.

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 10th January 2014

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester25173546271954
2Burnley24138336181847
3QPR24137426141246
4Derby25135749341544
5Nottm Forest241010434241040
6Ipswich249963627936
7Brighton249962922736
8Leeds2410593528735
9Reading249873129235
10Blackburn249783028234
11Wigan239682523233
12Blackpool248882529-432
13Huddersfield248793329431
14Watford237973529630
15Middlesbrough247983833530
16Bournemouth2486103141-1030
17Birmingham247893029129
18Bolton246992934-527
19Charlton2459102230-824
20Sheff Wed2341092532-722
21Millwall2457122649-2322
22Doncaster2456131942-2321
23Yeovil2345141836-1817
24Barnsley2438132142-2117
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