Championship leaders Leicester made it a club record eighth league win in a row as they beat Birmingham City.

The Foxes led midway through the first half when David Nugent played in Lloyd Dyer, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Jamie Vardy added a fantastic second goal late on when he beat two defenders to fire home.

Peter Lovenkrands headed in a last-minute goal for Birmingham but it was too late to spark a comeback.

Record-breaking Foxes

Leicester broke a club record with their eight consecutive league win. Their previous best run of seven was back in 1993

The win for Leicester keeps them eight points clear of second-placed QPR, and more importantly, extended their advantage to 11 points over third-placed Burnley, who could only draw.

Birmingham have failed to win any of their last nine home games, a run stretching back to 1 October, and they are now only five points above the relegation zone.

The Foxes dominated the early stages, with Vardy going close and Danny Drinkwater forcing a save from Darren Randolph.

They deservedly led when Nugent played in a low angled ball from the right to the unmarked Dyer, who was able to take a touch before firing high into the goal.

Leicester could have doubled the lead when Dyer set up Anthony Knockaert but Randolph saved his effort from close range with his legs.

Blues improved after the break but Vardy finished the game as a contest when he received a Riyad Mahrez pass and dribbled down the right before firing an effort into the far corner.

Substitute Lovenkrands gave the Foxes a late scare from Chris Burke's corner but Nigel Pearson's men lasted the four minutes of injury time unscathed.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

"We were aware about the record but the players never discussed it. It was an added plus that we were able to achieve this record. To win eight games on the trot is very difficult in any league, particularly the Championship.

"The players have to take a great deal of credit with their ability to win different types of games. In this league you have to scrap and be resilient. I think against Birmingham we showed that we are capable of playing some really good football.

"The players are very focussed on the goals we have set and that is to win promotion. The chemistry within the squad is good and we are better equipped to deal with disappointment."

Birmingham boss Lee Clark:

"The scoreline doesn't tell the whole story. In every aspect of the game Leicester's confidence was sky high.

"We were happy at the end of the first half that it was only 1-0. We had a go in the second half but they were always the dominant side.

"The league table doesn't lie. Eight wins on the bounce at any level is a fantastic achievement. They have quality all over their team and Nigel Pearson has assembled a very good team. I hope that they go on and get promoted."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph
  • 31 Caddis
  • 32 Bell
  • 20 Lee (Lovenkrands - 45' )
  • 05 Bartley
  • 14 Packwood
  • 07 Burke
  • 24 Adeyemi
  • 35 Rusnak Booked
  • 12 Novak
  • 29 Brown

Substitutes

  • 08 Mullins
  • 10 Howard
  • 11 Lovenkrands
  • 13 Doyle
  • 17 Reilly
  • 27 Ferguson
  • 33 Gray

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 de Laet Booked
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 04 Drinkwater Booked
  • 27 Wasilewski Booked
  • 05 Morgan
  • 24 Knockaert (Hammond - 81' )
  • 08 James
  • 35 Nugent
  • 09 Vardy Booked (Phillips - 87' )
  • 11 Dyer (Mahrez - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Hammond
  • 10 King
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 22 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25 Logan
  • 26 Mahrez
  • 28 Phillips
Ref: Carl Boyeson
Att: 14,763

Match Stats

Shots

8 21

On target

3 6

Corners

4 13

Fouls

6 20

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Leicester City 2.

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Leicester City 2.

90:00 +3:29

Attempt saved. Albert Rusnák (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +2:57

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

90:00 +2:57

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:01

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew James.

90:00 +0:48

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:02

Kevin Phillips (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:02

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City).

89:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 1, Leicester City 2. Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

87:41

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

87:41

Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:06

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

86:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Kevin Phillips replaces Jamie Vardy.

84:10

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

84:10

Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Leicester City 2. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

81:56

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

81:22 Booking

Booking Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:12

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

81:12

Albert Rusnák (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Dean Hammond replaces Anthony Knockaert.

77:56

Offside, Leicester City. Matthew James tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

76:39 Booking

Booking Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:16

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

76:16

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:16

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

73:53

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

73:17 Booking

Booking Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

73:01

Attempt missed. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

72:14 Booking

Booking Albert Rusnák (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:05

Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:05

Foul by Albert Rusnák (Birmingham City).

71:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Lloyd Dyer.

70:22

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

70:22

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City).

69:59

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

69:57

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Rusnák.

69:21

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

69:21

Reece Brown (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:46

Attempt missed. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross following a corner.

67:06

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

64:57

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

64:57

Albert Rusnák (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

63:42

Hand ball by David Nugent (Leicester City).

61:47

Attempt saved. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.

61:30

Foul by Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City).

61:30

Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

55:52

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

55:52

Will Packwood (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:07

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

52:11

Attempt missed. Amari'i Bell (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Amari'i Bell.

50:24

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

47:57

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

47:57

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:25

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Nugent.

45:00

Second Half begins Birmingham City 0, Leicester City 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Peter Løvenkrands replaces Oliver Lee.

45:00 +1:29 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Leicester City 1.

45:00 +0:58

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

42:45

Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:45

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

41:28

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

41:28

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:04 Booking

Booking Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

36:53

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

36:53

Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:33

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

33:34

Attempt blocked. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.

33:09

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

31:57

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

31:41

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

31:41

Amari'i Bell (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

28:49

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

27:50

Attempt blocked. Reece Brown (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Lee.

25:05

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

25:05

Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Leicester City 1. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by David Nugent with a through ball.

22:25

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

22:25

Will Packwood (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:35

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

20:35

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:28

Attempt saved. Matthew James (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

20:07

Attempt blocked. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.

19:37

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

17:48

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

17:48

Oliver Lee (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:40

Attempt blocked. Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

15:52

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

14:36

Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:36

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

12:34

Hand ball by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

11:29

Attempt missed. Matthew James (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

11:06

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

11:00

Attempt blocked. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

10:59

Attempt blocked. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

10:44

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

10:06

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

9:05

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

6:36

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Lloyd Dyer.

6:13

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Anthony Knockaert.

5:56

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

5:09

Offside, Leicester City. Matthew James tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

4:53

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

4:53

Will Packwood (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:40

Attempt blocked. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Nugent.

3:24

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

1:02

Attempt missed. Matthew James (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

0:14

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:14

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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