Blackpool tasted defeat for the first time this season as a Ben Marshall penalty gave Leicester victory.

The Foxes dominated from the outset at King Power Stadium, with Jamie Vardy causing problems in the first half.

And the visitors scored nine minutes into the second half when Vardy was fouled inside the box and Marshall powerfully drove home the spot kick.

Alex Baptiste prevented the defeat from being by a bigger margin when he blocked Lloyd Dyer's stinging effort.

Despite the loss, Blackpool remain top of the Championship, having collected nine points from the first four games of the season.

Ian Holloway's side went into the game brimming with confidence following their 6-0 rout of Ipswich last time out.

However, they failed to replicate such attacking prowess at Leicester as the hosts took control from the start.

Vardy had a third-minute shot saved by Matt Gilks, before the striker saw another effort blocked by Barry Ferguson midway through the first half.

But Leicester had to wait until the 54th minute to open the scoring when Vardy tumbled under a challenge inside the area and referee Michael Jones pointed to the spot.

Skipper Marshall stepped up and confidently smashed the penalty into the back of the net.

Baptiste bravely denied Dyer from adding a second with a close-range effort as Leicester pushed for a second.

They had to hold on in the closing few minutes, as Blackpool pressed for a late equaliser, but Leicester held firm to secure the three points.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Leicester

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 05 Morgan
  • 12 St Ledger (Schlupp - 63' )
  • 22 Moore
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 07 Marshall (Knockaert - 68' )
  • 10 King
  • 11 Dyer (Beckford - 77' )
  • 09 Vardy
  • 35 Nugent

Substitutes

  • 13 Logan
  • 16 James
  • 24 Knockaert
  • 14 Waghorn
  • 18 Schlupp
  • 20 Beckford
  • 29 Futacs

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 03 Crainey
  • 05 Eardley
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 08 Gomes Booked (M Phillips - 57' )
  • 16 Ferguson (K Phillips - 71' )
  • 18 Osbourne
  • 11 Ince
  • 12 Taylor-Fletcher Booked
  • 38 Dicko (Eccleston - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Halstead
  • 33 Harris
  • 07 M Phillips
  • 14 Sylvestre
  • 31 Angel
  • 09 K Phillips
  • 40 Eccleston
Ref: Jones
Att: 18,655

Match Stats

Shots

7 6

On target

3 1

Corners

14 7

Fouls

6 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:30 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:13

Corner from right by-line taken by Stephen Crainey.

89:39

The assistant referee signals for offside against David Nugent. Thomas Ince produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

88:51

Corner taken short by Matt Phillips.

87:49

Effort on goal by Matt Phillips from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

87:18

Short corner worked by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

84:49

Effort from deep inside the area by Thomas Ince misses to the right of the target.

82:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Konchesky on Nathan Eccleston. Free kick crossed right-footed by Neal Eardley from right channel.

81:12

David Nugent is caught offside. Isaiah Osbourne takes the free kick.

76:04 Substitution

Substitution Jermaine Beckford is brought on as a substitute for Lloyd Dyer.

73:26

Corner taken by Anthony Knockaert, Matt Gilks makes a clearance. Foul by Alex Baptiste on Wes Morgan, free kick awarded. Liam Moore takes the free kick.

70:46 Substitution

Substitution Barry Ferguson goes off and Kevin Phillips comes on.

70:03

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Drinkwater, save by Matt Gilks.

67:20 Substitution

Substitution (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Anthony Knockaert coming on for Ben Marshall.

65:33 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Eccleston is brought on as a substitute for Nouha Dicko.

65:33

Shot on goal by Lloyd Dyer from just inside the area goes over the target.

62:31

Liam Moore conjures a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

62:31 Substitution

Substitution (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Jeff Schlupp coming on for Sean St. Ledger.

62:31

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ben Marshall,

59:58

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall, Nouha Dicko makes a clearance.

56:16 Substitution

Substitution Tiago Gomes goes off and Matt Phillips comes on.

54:31

Corner taken by Tiago Gomes played to the near post, clearance by Sean St. Ledger.

53:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Marshall - Leicester 1 - 0 Blackpool Placed penalty scored by Ben Marshall. Leicester 1-0 Blackpool.

52:32 +4:27 Booking

Booking Gary Taylor-Fletcher booked.

52:31 Booking

Booking Tiago Gomes is shown a yellow card.

51:25

Barry Ferguson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ben Marshall, Alex Baptiste gets a block in. Stephen Crainey gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Jamie Vardy.

49:53

The referee blows for offside against Jamie Vardy. Matt Gilks takes the free kick.

49:18

The assistant referee flags for offside against David Nugent. Matt Gilks takes the indirect free kick.

47:42

The offside flag is raised against David Nugent. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

47:04

Corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall, clearance by Stephen Crainey.

45:35

Liam Moore fouled by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.

45:19

Andy King concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Ferguson. Direct free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:17 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:50

Shot from close range by Barry Ferguson hits the post.

42:53

The referee blows for offside. Matt Gilks takes the free kick.

41:54

Thomas Ince takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save. Corner from right by-line taken by Thomas Ince.

41:15

Sean St. Ledger concedes a free kick for a foul on Tiago Gomes. Direct free kick taken by Tiago Gomes.

40:04

The official flags Nouha Dicko offside. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel. Ben Marshall sends in a cross.

36:09

Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot.

30:59

Danny Drinkwater fouled by Barry Ferguson, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Marshall shoots direct from the free kick, save by Matt Gilks. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Drinkwater played to the near post, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.

27:19

Unfair challenge on Nouha Dicko by Sean St. Ledger results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Thomas Ince from right channel, clearance by Paul Konchesky.

23:17

Foul by Ben Marshall on Nouha Dicko, free kick awarded. Stephen Crainey restarts play with the free kick.

22:31

Corner taken right-footed by Danny Drinkwater, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.

20:54

Jamie Vardy takes a shot. Barry Ferguson gets a block in.

19:58

Danny Drinkwater takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Alex Baptiste.

18:46

The offside flag is raised against Nouha Dicko. Free kick taken by Sean St. Ledger.

17:41

Outswinging corner taken by Tiago Gomes from the left by-line, Corner from the right by-line taken by Danny Drinkwater, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance. Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance.

16:32

Outswinging corner taken by Tiago Gomes.

15:31

Jamie Vardy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matt Gilks takes the direct free kick.

14:32

Short corner worked by Ben Marshall. Ben Marshall takes a shot. Save made by Matt Gilks.

12:20

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.

10:11

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall, Nouha Dicko makes a clearance.

8:50

Wes Morgan concedes a free kick for a foul on Nouha Dicko. Stephen Crainey crosses the ball in from the free kick, Liam Moore makes a clearance.

8:13

Effort on goal by Lloyd Dyer from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

6:31

Outswinging corner taken by Ben Marshall from the right by-line, clearance by Craig Cathcart. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ben Marshall, clearance by Isaiah Osbourne.

4:21

Barry Ferguson challenges Danny Drinkwater unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wes Morgan takes the free kick.

3:34

Jamie Vardy takes a shot. Save by Matt Gilks.

2:13

Corner taken left-footed by Ben Marshall, save by Matt Gilks.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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