David Nugent scored a superbly crafted opener as Leicester City cruised to victory over high-flying East Midlands rivals Derby County.
The hosts led when an incisive counter-attack saw Nugent race on to a glorious first-time Gelson Fernandes pass and slot home past keeper Frank Fielding.
Darius Vassell made it 2-0 when he fired in from six yards.
The Rams improved after the break but substitutes Jeffrey Schlupp and Lloyd Dyer fired late goals to seal the win.
Schlupp's fine 88th-minute turn and finish and Dyer's low injury-time shot which went straight through Frank Fielding was perhaps harsh on a Derby side who controlled possession for large spells of the second period.
Despite showing plenty of confidence on the ball and signs of a team who were third in the Championship table after the afternoon matches and could have gone top with a win, they were unable to create any clear-cut openings.
Gareth Roberts fizzed just about their only meaningful strike well wide in first-half injury time.
Steven Davies also narrowly missed out on getting on the end of a vicious cross from the lively Ben Davies, while Jason Shackell headed over late on.
However, the damage had been done in the first period which saw the Foxes dominate and overpower their opponents.
Leicester played with good tempo and showed some impressive one-touch football and that was typified by a stunning opening goal.
A sweeping move involving some superb interplay from Yuki Abe, Vassell and Fernandes was brilliantly finished by the jet-heeled Nugent as he bore down on Fielding.
Nugent was playing his first game back after a month out with a hamstring injury but showed no signs of nursing his injury and was just what the goal-shy hosts needed having scored just nine goals in their nine league matches before facing the Rams.
The hosts were dominating and Sol Bamba had a towering effort cleared off the line by Roberts before Nugent nearly doubled the lead only to see his effort from Andy King's drilled cross disallowed for handball when the ball bounced up, hit his arm and went into the net.
However, moments later the home fans did have a second goal to cheer. Derby missed a couple of opportunities to clear and Vassell crashed the ball home from six yards after Neil Danns' powerful strike rebounded off the foot of the post.
The visitors' improvement, in a largely uneventful second period, failed to produce much goal threat and Leicester, marshalled superbly by Matt Mills at the back, sealed their win with two late goals.
Schlupp grabbed the first with a neat turn and poacher's finish when Derby failed to clear a set-piece.
And Dyer latched on to Steve Howard's excellent flicked header to fire past Fielding to extend their unbeaten league run to seven games and move them up to within a point of the play-off places.
- 01 Schmeichel
- 02 Peltier
- 03 Konchesky
- 05 Mills
- 06 Bamba Booked
- 10 King
- 22 Abe
- 23 Danns (Dyer - 78' )
- 26 Fernandes
- 13 Vassell (Howard - 83' )
- 35 Nugent (Schlupp - 70' )
- 21 Weale
- 04 Pantsil
- 11 Dyer
- 27 Schlupp
- 09 Howard
- 01 Fielding
- 02 Brayford
- 03 Roberts
- 06 Shackell Booked
- 24 O'Brien
- 04 Bryson
- 18 B Davies
- 23 Hendrick Booked
- 07 S Davies (Croft - 72' )
- 10 Ward (Doyle - 90' )
- 21 Robinson
- 13 Legzdins
- 12 Anderson
- 22 Croft
- 26 Kilbane
- 14 Doyle
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The match has reached full-time.90:00 +4:51
Drilled right-footed shot by Steve Howard. Save by Frank Fielding.90:00 +3:05
Lee Peltier takes the direct free kick.90:00 +3:05 Booking
Booking Jason Shackell is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.90:00 +2:48
Jason Shackell challenges Andy King unfairly and gives away a free kick.90:00 +0:59
Steve Howard provided the assist for the goal.90:00 +0:59 Goal scored
Goal! - Lloyd Dyer - Leicester 4 - 0 Derby Lloyd Dyer fires in a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Leicester 4-0 Derby.90:00 +0:10
Conor Doyle takes a shot. Yuki Abe gets a block in. Theo Robinson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.88:58
Free kick taken by Craig Bryson.88:58 Substitution
Substitution Conor Doyle joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie Ward.88:58
Yuki Abe challenges Craig Bryson unfairly and gives away a free kick.87:20
The assist for the goal came from Matt Mills.87:20 Goal scored
Goal! - Jeffery Schlupp - Leicester 3 - 0 Derby Jeffery Schlupp finds the back of the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Leicester 3-0 Derby.86:49
Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul Konchesky,86:37
Steve Howard takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.85:09
Corner taken by Ben Davies played to the near post, Steve Howard manages to make a clearance.84:19
Foul by Steve Howard on John Brayford, free kick awarded. John Brayford takes the direct free kick.82:34 Substitution
Substitution Steve Howard on for Darius Vassell.80:22
Outswinging corner taken by Ben Davies, Close range header by Jason Shackell goes over the bar.77:58 Substitution
Substitution Neil Danns leaves the field to be replaced by Lloyd Dyer.
The ball is crossed by Ben Davies.76:47
Outswinging corner taken by Ben Davies from the right by-line.74:22
Theo Robinson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.71:14 Substitution
Substitution Lee Croft comes on in place of Steve Davies.70:59
Effort on goal by Andy King from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.70:12
Jamie Ward takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.69:18 Substitution
Substitution Jeffery Schlupp comes on in place of David Nugent.68:07
The ball is sent over by Gareth Roberts, save by Kasper Schmeichel.66:05
Foul by John Brayford on Andy King, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Neil Danns, Jason Shackell makes a clearance.65:26
Souleymane Bamba has a drilled shot. Blocked by Jason Shackell.64:57
Unfair challenge on David Nugent by Jamie Ward results in a free kick. Matt Mills takes the direct free kick.64:18
Shot by Jamie Ward from 20 yards. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.63:20
Gelson Fernandes challenges Jamie Ward unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jason Shackell.63:16
Neil Danns crosses the ball, Jason Shackell manages to make a clearance.62:11
Shot from 18 yards from Paul Konchesky. Jason Shackell gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Neil Danns from the right by-line.60:33
Gareth Roberts produces a cross.59:58
A cross is delivered by Jamie Ward, blocked by Lee Peltier. Inswinging corner taken by Ben Davies from the left by-line played to the near post.59:08
Foul by Craig Bryson on Andy King, free kick awarded. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.57:53
Shot from just outside the box by David Nugent misses to the right of the target.55:17
Corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies to the near post, Theo Robinson has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.55:17 Booking
Booking The referee shows Jeff Hendrick a yellow card.53:45
Unfair challenge on Lee Peltier by Steve Davies results in a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.52:25
Steve Davies challenges Paul Konchesky unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.51:43
Craig Bryson takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.49:13
Foul by David Nugent on Ben Davies, free kick awarded. Ben Davies takes the free kick.48:16
Ben Davies crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Neil Danns.48:16 Booking
Booking Souleymane Bamba is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.48:06
Steve Davies fouled by Souleymane Bamba, the ref awards a free kick.46:49
The assistant referee signals for offside against Steve Davies. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.45:36
The assistant referee flags for offside against David Nugent. Indirect free kick taken by Gareth Roberts.45:01
The game restarts for the second half.45:00 +2:12 Half time
Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.45:00 +1:38
Gareth Roberts has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.43:15
Assist by Neil Danns.43:15 Goal scored
Goal! - Darius Vassell - Leicester 2 - 0 Derby Darius Vassell fires in a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Leicester 2-0 Derby.43:10
Neil Danns takes a shot from a just insdie the box and hits the post.42:35
The assistant referee signals for offside against Steve Davies. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.41:35
The referee penalises David Nugent for handball. Frank Fielding takes the indirect free kick.40:53
Neil Danns takes a shot. Jeff Hendrick gets a block in.39:09
Jason Shackell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darius Vassell. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Konchesky, save by Frank Fielding.38:58
A cross is delivered by Matt Mills, clearance made by Mark O'Brien.38:00
Ben Davies crosses the ball.37:12
Theo Robinson fouled by Darius Vassell, the ref awards a free kick. John Brayford takes the direct free kick.36:27
Inswinging corner taken by Neil Danns, Souleymane Bamba takes a shot. Clearance made by Gareth Roberts.33:52
Jason Shackell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Nugent. Free kick taken by Matt Mills.32:18
Unfair challenge on Ben Davies by Paul Konchesky results in a free kick. John Brayford takes the free kick.29:19
Lee Peltier challenges Jamie Ward unfairly and gives away a free kick. Frank Fielding takes the direct free kick.28:40
Theo Robinson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.28:10
David Nugent takes a shot. Mark O'Brien gets a block in.27:19
Steve Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Nugent. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.26:09
Gelson Fernandes challenges Jamie Ward unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Steve Davies, blocked by Matt Mills.24:32
Corner from the right by-line taken by Neil Danns, Steve Davies manages to make a clearance.23:23
Ben Davies takes the inswinging corner, save by Kasper Schmeichel.20:15
Assist by Gelson Fernandes.20:15 Goal scored
Goal! - David Nugent - Leicester 1 - 0 Derby David Nugent grabs a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leicester 1-0 Derby.19:26
The referee blows for offside against Darius Vassell. Frank Fielding restarts play with the free kick.17:27
Shot from just outside the area by Neil Danns misses to the left of the target.16:47
Jamie Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy King. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.13:57
Souleymane Bamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Davies. Frank Fielding takes the free kick.12:55
Mark O'Brien concedes a free kick for a foul on Darius Vassell. Paul Konchesky takes the free kick.11:42
A cross is delivered by Neil Danns.11:06
David Nugent takes a shot. John Brayford gets a block in.10:39
Jamie Ward produces a cross, Souleymane Bamba manages to make a clearance.9:50
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Andy King misses to the left of the target.8:54
The ball is swung over by Andy King.7:27
Yuki Abe takes a shot. John Brayford gets a block in.6:50
Steve Davies takes a shot. Souleymane Bamba gets a block in.6:27
Free kick awarded for a foul by Souleymane Bamba on Theo Robinson. Theo Robinson takes the direct free kick.5:35
Paul Konchesky takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.4:08
Centre by Jamie Ward, clearance made by Souleymane Bamba.3:17
Darius Vassell is caught offside. Frank Fielding takes the indirect free kick.2:42
A cross is delivered by Darius Vassell, clearance made by Jason Shackell.2:10
Steve Davies is ruled offside. Kasper Schmeichel takes the indirect free kick.1:39
Foul by Souleymane Bamba on Ben Davies, free kick awarded. Ben Davies crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Andy King.0:40
John Brayford delivers the ball, Steve Davies takes the chance to get an effort at goal. David Nugent produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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