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Barnsley 0-3 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy

Leicester City moved eight points clear at the top of the Championship with a comfortable victory at Barnsley.

Anthony Knockaert hit the bar for the visitors, before Jamie Vardy scored his first of the night when he finished after David Nugent's header.

The excellent Vardy set up Leicester's second as his pass found an unmarked Danny Drinkwater, who side-footed home.

Vardy scored his side's third when he collected Riyad Mahrez's through-ball and rounded goalkeeper Luke Steele.

The win means Leicester are now on 77 points, eight ahead of second-placed Burnley, who play at Birmingham City on Wednesday.

Nigel Pearson's team are also 15 points clear of Derby in third as the Foxes aim to return to the Premier League, after last playing in the top-flight in the 2003-04 season.

Barnsley were comprehensively beaten and remain 23rd in the table, two points adrift of safety.

Leicester, now unbeaten in 15 Championship games, could have taken an early lead but Knockaert hit the woodwork. Mahrez's effort was then well saved by Steele, before Vardy scored for the fourth successive match.

But Barnsley almost grabbed an unmerited equaliser when Chris O'Grady put a free header wide, in one of their rare chances.

That miss proved costly as Drinkwater doubled his side's lead in the 58th minute, before Vardy made it 3-0 with his 15th goal of the season four minutes later.

Only a point-blank save from Steele late on to block Gary Taylor-Fletcher's header denied Leicester a fourth.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"We've worked hard to get to the top of the league and we want to try and do everything we can to stay there.

"We're not virtually there, we want to try and win every game that we play.

"We won't do it, of course, but that's what we've tried to do every time we've played and we'll try and have that same approach to games from here on in.

"I don't know what the total will be that's required to get automatic promotion, or to win the title, but we'll do everything we can to accrue as many points as we can and we'll see where it takes us."

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson:

"Leicester are the best team in this division by a country mile, in my opinion.

"They're class, they're a good team to watch and I'm slightly jealous in one respect because they've got some quality players there.

"It's coming together for them now. They're a Premier League team in waiting; it's only a matter of time."

Line-ups

Barnsley

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Steele
  • 12Hunt
  • 4Kennedy
  • 8Dawson
  • 3RamageSubstituted forNyatangaat 54'minutes
  • 6CranieSubstituted forMvotoat 11'minutes
  • 21Mellis
  • 11Woods
  • 10O'Grady
  • 42McCourtSubstituted forProschwitzat 45'minutes
  • 16Jennings

Substitutes

  • 5Nyatanga
  • 9Proschwitz
  • 14Lawrence
  • 19Cywka
  • 22Mvoto
  • 24Noble-Lazarus
  • 31Turner

Leicester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de Laet
  • 15Schlupp
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 5Morgan
  • 24KnockaertSubstituted forHammondat 78'minutes
  • 8James
  • 9VardySubstituted forTaylor-Fletcherat 67'minutes
  • 35NugentSubstituted forWoodat 65'minutes
  • 26Mahrez

Substitutes

  • 7Hammond
  • 10King
  • 18Moore
  • 22Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25Logan
  • 28Phillips
  • 39Wood
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
12,539

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home7
Away24
Shots on Target
Home0
Away10
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 0, Leicester City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 0, Leicester City 3.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City).

  5. Post update

    Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Martin Woods.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City).

  9. Post update

    Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

  11. Post update

    Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jack Hunt (Barnsley).

  15. Post update

    Offside, Barnsley. Chris O'Grady tries a through ball, but Dale Jennings is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Dean Hammond replaces Anthony Knockaert.

  18. Post update

    Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew James (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester34245565323377
2Burnley341912354272769
3Derby35188960431762
4QPR34179840281260
5Nottm Forest351414755411456
6Reading3515101056411555
7Brighton34141193728953
8Wigan321571041301152
9Ipswich351312104539651
10Blackburn331210113941-246
11Watford341112114941845
12Middlesbrough351014114438644
13Leeds34128144749-244
14Huddersfield34127154546-143
15Bournemouth33119134351-842
16Bolton35913134650-440
17Sheff Wed33912123940-139
18Blackpool35911153049-1938
19Birmingham3499163944-536
20Doncaster3599173254-2236
21Millwall35710183262-3031
22Yeovil3478193049-1929
23Barnsley34611173159-2829
24Charlton3069152441-1727
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