Leicester kept their play-off hopes alive as they earned a comfortable win over a Doncaster side who were pushed closer to relegation.

The Foxes went ahead when David Nugent headed a Richie Wellens ball to Danny Drinkwater and he fired home.

A Lee Peltier cross was fumbled into his own net by Doncaster keeper Carl Ikeme before Ben Marshall arrowed a shot home for Leicester's third.

Paul Gallagher's late 18-yard strike completed Leicester's win.

Leicester moved five points adrift of the play-off zone with five games to go, while bottom-of-the-table Doncaster are now seven points from safety.

Leicester's remaining games

  • Ipswich (a)
  • Millwall (a)
  • Burnley (h)
  • West Ham (h)
  • Leeds (a)

The away side suffered an early setback when striker Frederic Piquionne had to go off injured after 20 minutes before Wellens and Drinkwater headed chances over the bar for the home side.

Wellens then instigated the opening goal when he found Nugent, and the one-time England striker set up Drinkwater to send a left-footed shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Ikeme did not help his side's cause when a harmless cross from Peltier into the six-yard box squirmed through the keeper's hands and into the net.

Doncaster rarely threatened and winger Marshall extended the home side's lead with an excellently taken goal as he cut inside from the left and arrowed a right-footed shot into the top corner.

Nugent was denied by the woodwork but it did not take long before the Doncaster defence was again breached with Gallagher rounded off a well-worked passing move.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 Peltier
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 06 Bamba
  • 26 Morgan
  • 11 Dyer (Gallagher - 61' )
  • 16 Drinkwater
  • 19 Wellens (King - 61' )
  • 20 Beckford (Schlupp - 81' )
  • 22 Marshall
  • 35 Nugent

Substitutes

  • 12 St Ledger
  • 10 King
  • 27 Schlupp
  • 07 Gallagher
  • 09 Howard

Doncaster Rovers

  • 27 Ikeme
  • 11 Lockwood
  • 31 Ilunga
  • 39 Chimbonda Booked
  • 41 Beye
  • 16 Oster
  • 17 Barnes (Robert - 74' )
  • 18 Gillett
  • 26 Coppinger
  • 10 Diouf (Stock - 46' )
  • 19 Piquionne (Brown - 20' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Friend
  • 08 Stock
  • 09 Brown
  • 22 Robert
  • 23 Bennett
Ref: East
Att: 22,054

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

8 0

Corners

7 5

Fouls

9 2

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

87:58

Assist by Ben Marshall.

87:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Gallagher - Leicester 4 - 0 Doncaster Paul Gallagher grabs a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leicester 4-0 Doncaster.

87:02

Chris Brown produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

83:18

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher from the right by-line to the near post.

82:59

David Nugent takes a shot.

80:08 Substitution

Substitution Jeffery Schlupp is brought on as a substitute for Jermaine Beckford.

79:56

Paul Gallagher produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

77:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Marshall - Leicester 3 - 0 Doncaster Ben Marshall fires in a goal from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Leicester 3-0 Doncaster.

76:28

Souleymane Bamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian Stock. Direct free kick taken by Fabien Robert.

74:51 Booking

Booking Pascal Chimbonda booked for unsporting behaviour.

73:53 Substitution

Substitution Fabien Robert is brought on as a substitute for Giles Barnes.

71:50

Giles Barnes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Souleymane Bamba. Souleymane Bamba takes the direct free kick.

71:10

Herita Ilunga fouled by Jermaine Beckford, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Coppinger.

69:22

Unfair challenge on Simon Gillett by Daniel Drinkwater results in a free kick. Habib Beye takes the free kick.

68:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Beckford on Herita Ilunga. Herita Ilunga takes the free kick.

63:47

Unfair challenge on James Coppinger by Lee Peltier results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Herita Ilunga.

63:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Brown on Lee Peltier. Free kick taken by Lee Peltier.

62:11

Ben Marshall takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

60:14 Substitution

Substitution Paul Gallagher is brought on as a substitute for Lloyd Dyer.

60:14 Substitution

Substitution Andy King on for Richie Wellens.

55:16

Giles Barnes crosses the ball, Header on goal by Herita Ilunga from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

54:41

James Coppinger decides to take the corner short.

53:10

Lloyd Dyer takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.

50:57

Ben Marshall takes a inswinging corner to the near post.

50:43

The official flags Chris Brown offside. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.

50:20

Richie Wellens concedes a free kick for a foul on Giles Barnes. Brian Stock restarts play with the free kick.

46:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Peltier - Leicester 2 - 0 Doncaster Lee Peltier grabs a goal from just inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Leicester 2-0 Doncaster.

45:05 Substitution

Substitution Brian Stock is brought on as a substitute for El-Hadji Diouf.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

42:31

David Nugent takes a shot. Save made by Carl Ikeme.

41:28

El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Richie Wellens, the ref awards a free kick. El-Hadji Diouf crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

39:51

Paul Konchesky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf. Free kick taken by El-Hadji Diouf.

38:15

Corner taken short by El-Hadji Diouf.

36:09

Corner taken right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf to the near post, Header on goal by Chris Brown from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

34:57

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Coppinger from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Paul Konchesky.

32:20

Assist on the goal came from David Nugent.

32:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Daniel Drinkwater - Leicester 1 - 0 Doncaster Daniel Drinkwater gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leicester 1-0 Doncaster.

30:03

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall played to the near post, Carl Ikeme makes a save.

27:36

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall played to the near post, Header from deep inside the area by Daniel Drinkwater goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

24:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Konchesky on Chris Brown. Pascal Chimbonda restarts play with the free kick.

22:20

The referee gives a free kick against John Oster for handball. Centre by Ben Marshall, Header on goal by Richie Wellens from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

21:00

The ball is swung over by James Coppinger, Effort from the edge of the area by Chris Brown goes wide of the left-hand upright.

19:04 Substitution

Substitution Frederic Piquionne leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Brown.

17:54

Frederic Piquionne crosses the ball, James Coppinger takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

16:54

Effort on goal by David Nugent from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

13:04

The ball is crossed by El-Hadji Diouf.

12:44

El-Hadji Diouf takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Wes Morgan.

8:34

Giles Barnes produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

7:18

Daniel Drinkwater decides to take the corner short.

6:26

James Coppinger takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.

4:30

Richie Wellens produces a cross, Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.

2:54

Corner taken right-footed by Daniel Drinkwater from the right by-line to the near post, Souleymane Bamba takes a shot.

2:42

David Nugent takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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