Leicester made it five wins from seven games to go top of the Championship with victory over Blackburn.

City, who started the day in fourth, went ahead through Lloyd Dyer's 16th-minute close-range effort and doubled their lead with David Nugent's penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Blackburn pulled one back through Jordan Rhodes's 70th-minute spot-kick.

But the hosts held on to climb to the summit, while Rovers lost for the third time this season.

Homesick

Gary Bowyer's Blackburn Rovers side are yet to win away from home this season

The hosts went into the game buoyed by the signing of Poland defender Marcin Wasilewski, previously a free agent after leaving Belgian champions Anderlecht.

The 33-year-old was not available for this match and his new team-mates were rarely troubled before they went ahead when the influential Andy King threaded the ball through to Dyer, who prodded across Jake Kean from just to the left of goal.

Leicester continued to dominate and captain Wes Morgan had a goalbound header following a corner blocked by Kean.

The Foxes did score a second, though, after Jason Lowe conceded possession in midfield and Tommy Spurr compounded that by fouling Ritchie de Laet in the penalty area.

Following lengthy Blackburn protests, Nugent fired the spot-kick high down the middle.

Jamie Vardy spurned a golden chance to make it three early in the second period when Anthony Knockaert put him through one-on-one with Kean, who saved.

Blackburn, yet to win away from home, pulled one back when Spurr played in substitute Chris Taylor, who was brought down by Danny Drinkwater.

Rhodes coolly slid the penalty into the left corner, sending Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way, but it was Leicester who finished in the ascendancy.

QPR, who along with Blackpool are level on points with the Foxes, can go top when they play their game in hand against Brighton on Wednesday.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"I think if we'd won the game four or five-nil, I don't think anybody could have complained. But just to slightly redress that perspective, it's an illustration of how fine the lines are in this division and football in general.

"It's a tight game in the end scoreline-wise and I've seen games like that end up in draws or even narrow defeats. It's finding a way of getting over the line.

"Clearly scoring when you're on top is important, but I don't think anyone could argue that we weren't worth the three points tonight."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"I thought we didn't defend very well for the first goal.

"Then we were just preparing to go in at half-time and just started to come into the game and got into one or two good areas against a very strong and experienced Championship side, and then the linesman gives a decision that changes the course of the game.

"I think you always judge it by the reaction of both sets of players. I think you could see what our lads thought of the penalty. And I think if you look on the video again, there's only one Leicester player that really appeals and even then it's half-hearted."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 De Laet
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 05 Morgan
  • 18 Moore
  • 04 Drinkwater Booked
  • 10 King
  • 11 Dyer (Hammond - 74' )
  • 24 Knockaert (Wood - 80' )
  • 09 Vardy
  • 35 Nugent

Substitutes

  • 25 Logan
  • 23 Miquel
  • 07 Hammond
  • 08 James
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 20 Hopper
  • 39 Wood

Blackburn Rovers

  • 34 Kean Booked
  • 02 Kane
  • 03 Spurr
  • 05 G Hanley
  • 16 Dann Booked
  • 06 Lowe
  • 07 King
  • 12 Marshall (Olsson - 65' )
  • 29 Evans Booked (Taylor - 65' )
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 45 Cairney

Substitutes

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 24 Morris
  • 14 Olsson
  • 19 Taylor
  • 21 Marrow
  • 25 Judge
Ref: Hooper
Att: 19,153

Match Stats

Shots

17 12

On target

6 3

Corners

7 7

Fouls

11 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:30 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +4:01

Tom Cairney takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

90:00 +3:33

Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +3:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Cairney by Chris Wood.

90:00 +3:18

Andy King takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:01

Foul by Jason Lowe on Ritchie De Laet, free kick awarded.

90:00 +2:10

Todd Kane manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:08

David Nugent makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:04

Clearance by Paul Konchesky.

90:00 +2:00

The ball is sent over by Tommy Spurr.

90:00 +1:53

Clearance by Wes Morgan.

90:00 +0:31

Short corner worked by David Nugent.

89:53

Jamie Vardy takes a shot. Blocked by Tommy Spurr.

89:42

David Nugent takes a shot.

89:32

The ball is crossed by Jamie Vardy.

89:07

Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.

88:47

The referee blows for offside against Chris Wood.

88:24

Clearance made by Grant Hanley.

87:39

Clearance made by Chris Taylor.

87:35

Chris Taylor manages to make a clearance.

87:34

The ball is swung over by Jamie Vardy.

86:33

Header at goal by Wes Morgan misses to the right.

86:31

Paul Konchesky restarts play with the free kick.

86:08

Foul by Jason Lowe on Danny Drinkwater, free kick awarded.

85:47

Clearance made by Todd Kane.

84:35

Clearance by Tom Cairney.

83:16

Joshua King is adjudged to have handled the ball.

83:12

Clearance by Grant Hanley.

83:12

The ball is crossed by Andy King.

82:42

Chris Taylor manages to make a clearance.

82:38

Corner taken by Danny Drinkwater.

82:15

Clearance by Tommy Spurr.

79:36

Chance falls to Scott Dann who heads at goal. Kasper Schmeichel safely holds on.

79:28

The ball is sent over by Tom Cairney.

79:15 Substitution

Substitution Chris Wood is brought on as a substitute for Anthony Knockaert.

78:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Markus Olsson by Anthony Knockaert.

78:20

The ball is swung over by Chris Taylor.

77:45

Clearance made by Todd Kane.

77:16

Header at goal by Grant Hanley misses left of the target.

77:08

Corner taken by Tom Cairney.

76:57

Clearance by Wes Morgan.

76:53

Corner from the right by-line taken by Tom Cairney.

76:32

Clearance by Paul Konchesky.

76:31

Chris Taylor delivers the ball.

76:12

Clearance made by Liam Moore.

76:10

The ball is crossed by Tommy Spurr.

76:03

The ball is sent over by Joshua King.

76:02

Ritchie De Laet makes a clearance.

75:15

Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.

74:53

Markus Olsson challenges Ritchie De Laet unfairly and gives away a free kick.

73:59 Substitution

Substitution Dean Hammond on for Lloyd Dyer.

72:30

Andy King manages to make a clearance.

72:24

Tom Cairney crosses the ball in from the free kick.

71:53

Wes Morgan challenges Joshua King unfairly and gives away a free kick.

69:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Jordan Rhodes - Leicester 2 - 1 Blackburn Penalty taken right-footed by Jordan Rhodes and scored. Leicester 2-1 Blackburn.

69:00

Unfair challenge on Chris Taylor by Danny Drinkwater results in a Penalty.

66:55

Chris Taylor sends in a cross.

66:44

The ball is delivered by Joshua King.

65:48

Header at goal by Andy King misses left of the target.

65:44

Corner taken by Anthony Knockaert from the right by-line.

64:36 Substitution

Substitution Markus Olsson replaces Ben Marshall.

64:22 Substitution

Substitution Chris Taylor is brought on as a substitute for Corry Evans.

63:45

Shot by Tom Cairney went over the bar.

63:33

Shot by Scott Dann. Liam Moore gets a block in.

63:17

Danny Drinkwater makes a clearance.

63:14

Corner taken by Tom Cairney from the left by-line.

62:44

Clearance by Andy King.

62:43

The ball is delivered by Joshua King.

61:43

Todd Kane manages to make a clearance.

59:47

Clearance by Ritchie De Laet.

59:46

Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Cairney.

59:21

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Tom Cairney. Kasper Schmeichel parries the ball away.

58:34 Booking

Booking

58:34

The referee shows Danny Drinkwater a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

58:30

Foul by Danny Drinkwater on Tom Cairney, free kick awarded.

58:02

Header at goal by Joshua King goes over the bar.

57:57

Corner taken by Tom Cairney.

57:22

Grant Hanley takes the free kick.

56:53

Anthony Knockaert concedes a free kick for a foul on Joshua King.

56:46

David Nugent takes a shot. Parried by Jake Kean back into danger.

56:25

Clearance by Todd Kane.

56:23

The ball is delivered by Anthony Knockaert.

55:53

Clearance made by Wes Morgan.

55:13

David Nugent has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

55:03

Danny Drinkwater takes the free kick.

54:52

Jamie Vardy fouled by Grant Hanley, the ref awards a free kick.

53:52

Jordan Rhodes manages to make a clearance.

53:50

Free kick crossed by Danny Drinkwater.

53:11

Tommy Spurr concedes a free kick for a foul on Ritchie De Laet.

52:57

Andy King has an effort at goal. Jake Kean parries the ball but the danger is not over.

51:47

Wes Morgan takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

51:42

Anthony Knockaert crosses the ball in from the free kick.

51:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Moore by Ben Marshall.

50:50

Andy King takes a shot. Blocked by Grant Hanley.

50:47

Clearance by Scott Dann.

50:44

Anthony Knockaert crosses the ball in from the free kick.

49:52 Booking

Booking

49:52

Scott Dann is shown a yellow card.

49:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Dann on Lloyd Dyer.

49:36

Clearance by Paul Konchesky.

49:34

Joshua King produces a cross.

49:18

Anthony Knockaert takes a shot. Jake Kean parries the ball away.

49:14

Corner taken short by Anthony Knockaert.

48:53

Shot by Andy King. Blocked by Scott Dann.

47:43

Tommy Spurr takes a shot. Jamie Vardy takes a shot. Ritchie De Laet gets a block in. A parry by Jake Kean prevents the goal.

47:37

Tom Cairney crosses the ball in from the free kick.

47:03

Ritchie De Laet challenges Tom Cairney unfairly and gives away a free kick.

46:23

David Nugent crosses the ball.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:48 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:30

Anthony Knockaert takes the free kick.

45:00 +1:05

Corry Evans is booked.

45:00 +1:05 Booking

Booking

45:00 +1:01

Foul by Corry Evans on Lloyd Dyer, free kick awarded.

45:00 +0:29

The referee books Jake Kean for dissent.

45:00 +0:29 Booking

Booking

44:47 Goal scored

Goal! - David Nugent - Leicester 2 - 0 Blackburn Penalty scored by David Nugent. Leicester 2-0 Blackburn.

43:07

Unfair challenge on Ritchie De Laet by Tommy Spurr results in a Penalty.

39:08

David Nugent takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

38:20

Scott Dann takes the free kick.

38:14

The official flags Jamie Vardy offside.

36:33

Clearance by Grant Hanley.

36:01

Jason Lowe takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.

35:21

Clearance made by Liam Moore.

34:28

Tommy Spurr takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

33:52

Corner from the right by-line taken by Tom Cairney.

33:31

Liam Moore manages to make a clearance.

33:25

Centre by Todd Kane.

31:47

Clearance by Wes Morgan.

31:17

Scott Dann restarts play with the free kick.

31:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Vardy on Todd Kane.

30:43

Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

30:25

Grant Hanley concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Moore.

30:16

Corner taken by Tom Cairney from the right by-line.

28:58

Clearance made by Wes Morgan.

28:57

Clearance made by Wes Morgan.

28:55

Centre by Tommy Spurr.

28:28

Wes Morgan makes a clearance.

28:26

Andy King makes a clearance.

28:23

Centre by Tommy Spurr.

26:31

Shot by Tom Cairney cleared the bar.

25:54

Free kick crossed by Tom Cairney.

25:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Konchesky on Corry Evans.

24:09

Header at goal by Wes Morgan. Blocked by Tommy Spurr.

24:05

Corner taken by Anthony Knockaert from the left by-line.

23:37

The ball is crossed by Lloyd Dyer.

23:35

Grant Hanley makes a clearance.

23:30

Grant Hanley makes a clearance.

20:46

Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.

20:39

Foul by Wes Morgan on Grant Hanley, free kick awarded.

20:32

Corner taken by Anthony Knockaert.

20:04

Andy King takes a shot. Grant Hanley gets a block in.

18:21

Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance.

15:30

Assist by Andy King.

15:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Lloyd Dyer - Leicester 1 - 0 Blackburn Lloyd Dyer scores with their left foot. Leicester 1-0 Blackburn.

15:21

Paul Konchesky crosses the ball.

15:20

Jason Lowe manages to make a clearance.

11:35

Free kick taken by Jake Kean.

11:22

Foul by Anthony Knockaert on Joshua King, free kick awarded.

11:18

Clearance made by Tommy Spurr.

11:16

A cross is delivered by Ritchie De Laet.

11:14

Clearance by Tommy Spurr.

8:41

Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.

8:39

Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.

8:15

Liam Moore fouled by Todd Kane, the ref awards a free kick.

6:21

Anthony Knockaert has an effort at goal. Jake Kean catches the ball.

4:48

Clearance made by Scott Dann.

3:25

Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

3:14

Joshua King concedes a free kick for a foul on Ritchie De Laet.

3:00

Corner from the right by-line taken by Anthony Knockaert.

2:59

Clearance made by Jordan Rhodes.

1:55

Todd Kane takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a block.

1:00

Tommy Spurr makes a clearance.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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