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Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Leicester City

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson

Championship leaders Leicester City were denied a fifth straight league win by Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park as the gap at the top was closed to five points by second-placed Burnley.

Jamie Vardy opened the scoring for Leicester from close range after Ritchie De Laet's cross.

Matt Kilgallon headed in an equaliser before the break for his first goal in Blackburn colours.

Leicester are 15 points clear of third-placed Derby County.

The Foxes went into the match seven points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand, and are now unbeaten in 17 Championship games, winning 13 of them.

They boast the best away record in the division, with 11 wins from 18, while Blackburn had lost their last two home matches to lose pace with the play-off chasing pack.

Burnley's win at Charlton moves them to just five points off the leaders but Leicester are still 15 points ahead of third-placed Derby as they look to secure promotion to the Premier League.

The Foxes looked like continuing their good form on their travels as Vardy tapped in an opener from close-range, following De Laet's cross.

Jordan Rhodes was denied an instant leveller by Kasper Schmeichel's one-handed save, before the striker had a penalty appeal turned down following a challenge by De Laet.

The equaliser did come just before half-time though when Kilgallon met Craig Conway's corner to head home.

Blackburn almost took the lead soon after the restart but Rudy Gestede's goal-bound header was blocked on the line by Rhodes, before Vardy hit a post for Leicester after rounding goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"I thought we were excellent. They're a top team with a top manager and we've gone toe-to-toe and had a right good go.

"It's certainly one of the better performances this season.

"There haven't been too many performances where we haven't competed, but against the league leaders we've got to be pleased with that. But we can't rest on our laurels now."

Leicester assistant manager Craig Shakespeare:

"I think we had the best clear-cut chances in the game but I think if we'd taken all three [points], with Blackburn's performance, they'd have been disappointed not to take something out of it.

"They gave us as good a game as we've had all season. At the start of the second half they were on top but we probably shaded it in terms of the best chances.

"As you get to what people call the business end of the season, we have to see it as a point gained."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 27HenleySubstituted forKaneat 87'minutes
  • 16Keane
  • 4KilgallonBooked at 75mins
  • 3Spurr
  • 22FeeneySubstituted forTaylorat 77'minutes
  • 17WilliamsonSubstituted forKingat 90+1'minutes
  • 29Evans
  • 32Conway
  • 11Rhodes
  • 39Gestede

Substitutes

  • 2Kane
  • 7King
  • 8Dunn
  • 13Eastwood
  • 14Olsson
  • 15Varney
  • 19Taylor

Leicester

  • 1SchmeichelBooked at 66mins
  • 2de LaetSubstituted forMooreat 64'minutes
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 5Morgan
  • 15Schlupp
  • 24KnockaertSubstituted forHammondat 62'minutes
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 8JamesSubstituted forKingat 76'minutes
  • 26Mahrez
  • 35Nugent
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 7Hammond
  • 10King
  • 18Moore
  • 22Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25Logan
  • 28Phillips
  • 39Wood
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
16,528

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home14
Away17
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Leicester City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Leicester City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy King (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Michael Keane.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dean Hammond.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joshua King replaces Lee Williamson.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Liam Moore.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Liam Moore.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Leicester City. Daniel Drinkwater tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Kilgallon.

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Todd Kane replaces Adam Henley because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Lee Williamson.

  19. Post update

    Dean Hammond (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester36256569343581
2Burnley372113362313176
3Derby37199965432266
4QPR37199946321466
5Wigan361881050351562
6Reading3716111058421659
7Nottm Forest37141585546957
8Brighton361511103930956
9Ipswich371412114842654
10Blackburn361311124445-150
11Bournemouth371310144552-749
12Watford3612121253431048
13Leeds36138155052-247
14Middlesbrough371015124541445
15Sheff Wed371112144643345
16Huddersfield37128174751-444
17Bolton37914144854-641
18Blackpool371011163252-2041
19Doncaster371010173354-2140
20Birmingham37910184453-937
21Charlton34711162544-1932
22Millwall37711193364-3132
23Yeovil37710203557-2231
24Barnsley36611193163-3229
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