David Nugent scored twice on his 100th appearance for Leicester City as they came from behind to beat Ipswich Town and stay second in the Championship.

Nugent finished crisply to cancel out David McGoldrick's early long-range strike for the home side.

And his second, six minutes later, his 13th in 12 appearances against Ipswich, proved enough to take all three points.

Leicester are level on points with leaders Burnley, who drew at Nottingham Forest, and third-placed QPR.

After beating Blackpool in their last game, Ipswich took an early lead against another high-flying team as McGoldrick's 25-yard strike, his seventh goal of the season, broke the deadlock.

Nugent fizzed an effort wide at the other end, before McGoldrick was denied a second by a smart Kasper Schmeichel save.

Leicester went close to levelling late in the half when Andy King met Danny Drinkwater's corner, forcing Dean Gerken to tip over.

But the Ipswich goalkeeper could do little to thwart Nugent after the restart.

Lloyd Dyer's run and cross was met by Jamie Vardy, who teed up Nugent for the leveller, before good work by Drinkwater provided the former England international with an open goal for his second.

Ipswich have the best points haul from losing positions in the Championship this season and threatened when Luke Chambers headed wide, but they could not create a clear chance late on.

Nugent missed an opportunity to complete a hat-trick when heading wide at the far post, but Leicester held on to secure a 14th win in 19 matches.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy:

"There are not many players in this league who would have struck that equaliser like David Nugent did.

"But the goal came after we closed down their keeper and the ball ended up in our net. And for the second goal, we were attacking them and it ended up in our net.

"We made error after error and we were punished. That's the difference in this league when you play one of the best."

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

"Like any striker, there are going to be spells when goals are a little scarce. David has to keep getting in the right areas, and he scored two good goals.

"He also needs a manager to back him, which he has.

"David will get all the headlines but Lloyd Dyer and Danny Drinkwater did exceptionally well. The most important thing is that we got all three points."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Ipswich Town

  • 22 Gerken
  • 04 Chambers Booked
  • 15 Mings (Hunt - 76' )
  • 08 Skuse
  • 06 Berra
  • 05 Smith
  • 11 Anderson (Taylor - 64' )
  • 16 Tunnicliffe
  • 10 McGoldrick
  • 09 Murphy
  • 18 Tabb (Nouble - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 07 Edwards
  • 12 Hunt
  • 14 Wordsworth
  • 19 Hyam
  • 26 Taylor
  • 35 Nouble

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 18 Moore (Miquel - 45' )
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 07 Hammond
  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 05 Morgan
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 10 King (James - 45' )
  • 09 Vardy (Wood - 75' )
  • 35 Nugent
  • 11 Dyer

Substitutes

  • 08 James
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 21 Bakayogo
  • 22 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 23 Miquel
  • 25 Logan
  • 39 Wood
Ref: Oliver Langford
Att: 18,227

Match Stats

Shots

17 14

On target

6 5

Corners

1 7

Fouls

7 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Leicester City 2.

90:00 +3:23 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Leicester City 2.

90:00 +1:09

Offside, Ipswich Town. Stephen Hunt tries a through ball, but Frank Nouble is caught offside.

90:00 +0:26

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

90:00 +0:26

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:59

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

89:13

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Stephen Hunt.

87:48

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

87:48

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

85:46

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

81:34

Attempt saved. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

77:50

Attempt missed. Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

77:13

Foul by Chris Wood (Leicester City).

77:13

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Stephen Hunt replaces Tyrone Mings.

75:18

Offside, Ipswich Town. Ryan Tunnicliffe tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

74:35

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

74:35

Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces Jamie Vardy.

73:39

Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a cross following a fast break.

72:20

Attempt missed. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Taylor.

70:09

Attempt blocked. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:06

Attempt blocked. Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyrone Mings with a headed pass.

64:37

Offside, Leicester City. Lloyd Dyer tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

63:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Frank Nouble replaces Jay Tabb.

63:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Taylor replaces Paul Anderson.

62:42

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

62:42

Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:08

Offside, Ipswich Town. Tyrone Mings tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

56:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Leicester City 2. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

55:36

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer with a cross.

55:02

Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Chambers.

50:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Leicester City 1. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

49:29 Booking

Booking Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

49:10

Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:10

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

47:35

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

47:35

Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:33

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.

45:59

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

45:21

Attempt saved. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jay Tabb.

45:00

Second Half begins Ipswich Town 1, Leicester City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Ignasi Miquel replaces Liam Moore.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Matthew James replaces Andy King.

45:00 +1:14 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Leicester City 0.

44:41

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer with a cross.

43:48

Offside, Ipswich Town. David McGoldrick tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

42:41

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Cole Skuse following a set piece situation.

41:50

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

41:50

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:06

Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

40:46

Attempt blocked. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Moore with a cross.

39:56

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

39:54

Attempt saved. Andy King (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater with a cross.

39:28

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.

38:23

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

38:23

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:41

Offside, Leicester City. Andy King tries a through ball, but Lloyd Dyer is caught offside.

36:13

Offside, Leicester City. Paul Konchesky tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

35:22

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:22

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

34:38

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left.

30:35

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Liam Moore.

29:58

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

29:58

Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:15

Attempt missed. Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

25:42

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:42

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

25:10

Hand ball by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town).

24:45

Attempt blocked. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

23:35

Offside, Leicester City. Paul Konchesky tries a through ball, but Wes Morgan is caught offside.

23:00

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

22:26

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

21:23

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:23

Foul by Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town).

19:18

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:18

Foul by Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town).

16:17

Attempt blocked. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

14:59

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

13:44

Delay in match Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

13:28

Attempt saved. Liam Moore (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater with a cross.

12:57

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by David McGoldrick.

12:45

Attempt blocked. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Nugent with a headed pass.

12:22

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David McGoldrick with a cross.

7:33

Attempt saved. Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

6:01

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

2:58

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

1:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Leicester City 0. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Chambers.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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