Championship
LeicesterLeicester City3IpswichIpswich Town0
Jamie Vardy

David Nugent scored his 18th goal of the season as Championship leaders Leicester City extended their unbeaten league run to 13 matches.

Jamie Vardy opened the scoring after taking advantage of a poor back-pass from Jay Tabb.

Ritchie De Laet's pass gave Nugent a tap-in for the second and substitute Chris Wood added a late third.

The victory keeps Nigel Pearson's team eights points clear of Burnley at the top of the table.

Ipswich, who have now gone three league games without a win, never looked capable of getting anything from their trip to the King Power Stadium. Defeat leaves Mick McCarthy's men 10th, five points off the final play-off place.

The Foxes totally dominated the first half with the pace of Vardy too much for the visitors' defence and it was no surprise when the former Fleetwood striker opened the scoring. He anticipated Tabb's pass and went round Dean Gerken to slide the ball home from a tight angle for his 12th goal of the season.

Nugent, playing against his former club, enjoyed a simple finish to double the lead after a Christophe Berra clearance fell to De Laet, who found the striker unmarked inside the six-yard box.

Ipswich had hardly had a look in but nearly hit back with a good ball across goal by Stephen Hunt that found Daryl Murphy, but his shot on the turn was straight at Kasper Schmeichel.

Foxes substitute Wood made an immediate impact after replacing Vardy, setting up Jeff Schlupp for a fierce shot that Gerken saved at the near post.

And with two minutes to go, Wood seized on a pass from Matty James to drill a shot into the net and clinch Leicester's 12th home win of the season.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"It was a good result and good all-round performance against a decent side. I was very pleased with the outcome.

"I am very pleased with Vardy's contribution to the side this season. When you compare his performances this season to last year, I think he has responded exceptionally well and I am very pleased for him because of that.

"All in all I think he is developing as a Leicester player and that is all I am really interested in. I know he is fulfilling what we thought he could achieve and I think that is very important.

"He takes the credit for what he has done. He's in the side because of his performances. Confidence is a huge part of an player's game.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"We were beaten by the better side that's for sure. But unfortunately for us we contributed to it and they don't need any help to win matches.

"Before they scored the first goal we had our best spell of the game and had had a corner kick, but went backwards instead of keeping on top of them. We end up being negative and give it away and they score.

"They don't need any assistance to win games. They are the best team by a street in the Championship. There was talk that Leicester might be tired after the midweek match at Forest. But you can't tell me that Vardy and Nugent were tired. That's all psychological babble that they might be tired.

"They are top of the league, winning it by a street and you can cope with it when you have players like they have. They will win the league by a million miles."

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de Laet
  • 15Schlupp
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 27WasilewskiBooked at 16mins
  • 5Morgan
  • 24Knockaert
  • 8James
  • 9VardySubstituted forWoodat 71'minutes
  • 35NugentSubstituted forPhillipsat 84'minutes
  • 11DyerSubstituted forMahrezat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Hammond
  • 10King
  • 18Moore
  • 25Logan
  • 26Mahrez
  • 28Phillips
  • 39Wood

Ipswich

  • 22Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8Skuse
  • 6Berra
  • 5Smith
  • 16Green
  • 18TabbBooked at 17minsSubstituted forAndersonat 61'minutes
  • 35NoubleSubstituted forEbanks-Blakeat 65'minutes
  • 9Murphy
  • 12HuntSubstituted forTaylorat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 11Anderson
  • 14Wordsworth
  • 15Mings
  • 24Richardson
  • 26Taylor
  • 27Ebanks-Blake
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
28,078

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 3, Ipswich Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 3, Ipswich Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Leicester City. Daniel Drinkwater tries a through ball, but Kevin Phillips is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

  6. Post update

    Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Leicester City 3, Ipswich Town 0. Chris Wood (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Matthew James with a through ball.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Green with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Kevin Phillips replaces David Nugent.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Green.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Leicester City. Kasper Schmeichel tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Taylor replaces Stephen Hunt.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces Jamie Vardy.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cole Skuse from a direct free kick.

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