David Nugent scored his 18th goal of the season as Championship leaders Leicester City extended their unbeaten league run to 13 matches.

Jamie Vardy opened the scoring after taking advantage of a poor back-pass from Jay Tabb.

Ritchie De Laet's pass gave Nugent a tap-in for the second and substitute Chris Wood added a late third.

The victory keeps Nigel Pearson's team eights points clear of Burnley at the top of the table.

Ipswich, who have now gone three league games without a win, never looked capable of getting anything from their trip to the King Power Stadium. Defeat leaves Mick McCarthy's men 10th, five points off the final play-off place.

The Foxes totally dominated the first half with the pace of Vardy too much for the visitors' defence and it was no surprise when the former Fleetwood striker opened the scoring. He anticipated Tabb's pass and went round Dean Gerken to slide the ball home from a tight angle for his 12th goal of the season.

Nugent, playing against his former club, enjoyed a simple finish to double the lead after a Christophe Berra clearance fell to De Laet, who found the striker unmarked inside the six-yard box.

Ipswich had hardly had a look in but nearly hit back with a good ball across goal by Stephen Hunt that found Daryl Murphy, but his shot on the turn was straight at Kasper Schmeichel.

Foxes substitute Wood made an immediate impact after replacing Vardy, setting up Jeff Schlupp for a fierce shot that Gerken saved at the near post.

And with two minutes to go, Wood seized on a pass from Matty James to drill a shot into the net and clinch Leicester's 12th home win of the season.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"It was a good result and good all-round performance against a decent side. I was very pleased with the outcome.

"I am very pleased with Vardy's contribution to the side this season. When you compare his performances this season to last year, I think he has responded exceptionally well and I am very pleased for him because of that.

"All in all I think he is developing as a Leicester player and that is all I am really interested in. I know he is fulfilling what we thought he could achieve and I think that is very important.

"He takes the credit for what he has done. He's in the side because of his performances. Confidence is a huge part of an player's game.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"We were beaten by the better side that's for sure. But unfortunately for us we contributed to it and they don't need any help to win matches.

"Before they scored the first goal we had our best spell of the game and had had a corner kick, but went backwards instead of keeping on top of them. We end up being negative and give it away and they score.

"They don't need any assistance to win games. They are the best team by a street in the Championship. There was talk that Leicester might be tired after the midweek match at Forest. But you can't tell me that Vardy and Nugent were tired. That's all psychological babble that they might be tired.

"They are top of the league, winning it by a street and you can cope with it when you have players like they have. They will win the league by a million miles."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 de Laet
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 27 Wasilewski Booked
  • 05 Morgan
  • 24 Knockaert
  • 08 James
  • 09 Vardy (Wood - 71' )
  • 35 Nugent (Phillips - 84' )
  • 11 Dyer (Mahrez - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Hammond
  • 10 King
  • 18 Moore
  • 25 Logan
  • 26 Mahrez
  • 28 Phillips
  • 39 Wood

Ipswich Town

  • 22 Gerken
  • 04 Chambers
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 08 Skuse
  • 06 Berra
  • 05 Smith
  • 16 Green
  • 18 Tabb Booked (Anderson - 61' )
  • 35 Nouble (Ebanks-Blake - 65' )
  • 09 Murphy
  • 12 Hunt (Taylor - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 11 Anderson
  • 14 Wordsworth
  • 15 Mings
  • 24 Richardson
  • 26 Taylor
  • 27 Ebanks-Blake
Ref: James Linington
Att: 28,078

Match Stats

Shots

15 10

On target

5 1

Corners

4 2

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leicester City 3, Ipswich Town 0.

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leicester City 3, Ipswich Town 0.

90:00 +3:03

Offside, Leicester City. Daniel Drinkwater tries a through ball, but Kevin Phillips is caught offside.

90:00 +1:38

Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

90:00 +0:58

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

90:00 +0:58

Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 3, Ipswich Town 0. Chris Wood (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Matthew James with a through ball.

86:39

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

86:02

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

86:01

Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

84:26

Attempt blocked. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Green with a cross.

84:08

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

84:06

Attempt blocked. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

83:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Kevin Phillips replaces David Nugent.

82:18

Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Green.

80:25

Offside, Leicester City. Kasper Schmeichel tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

74:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Taylor replaces Stephen Hunt.

72:45

Attempt saved. Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

70:49 Substitution

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

70:11

Attempt missed. Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cole Skuse from a direct free kick.

69:30

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

69:30

Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:02

Attempt missed. Matthew James (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

66:59

Attempt blocked. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

66:05

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

66:05

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

65:23

Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a headed pass.

65:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake replaces Frank Nouble.

63:52

Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a headed pass.

63:35 Substitution

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

62:39

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

62:39

Foul by Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town).

61:26

Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Frank Nouble.

60:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Anderson replaces Jay Tabb.

59:19

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

59:19

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

58:39

Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christophe Berra following a set piece situation.

57:58

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

57:58

Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:03

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

57:03

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

53:00

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

50:16

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

49:50

Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.

49:25

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

47:46

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

47:46

Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Leicester City 2, Ipswich Town 0.

45:00 +2:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leicester City 2, Ipswich Town 0.

44:45

Attempt missed. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross following a corner.

44:19

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

37:09

Foul by Paul Green (Ipswich Town).

37:09

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:53

Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Nugent.

35:52

Foul by Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town).

35:52

Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:14

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

34:21

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

34:21

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

30:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 2, Ipswich Town 0. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ritchie de Laet with a cross.

26:08

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

25:45

Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:45

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

22:24

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

22:24

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:04

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

21:04

Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 1, Ipswich Town 0. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal.

17:43

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

16:36

Offside, Leicester City. Marcin Wasilewski tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

16:06 Booking

Booking Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

16:01

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

16:01

Foul by Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town).

15:17 Booking

Booking Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

15:09

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

15:09

Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:24

Offside, Leicester City. Ritchie de Laet tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

12:49

Matthew James (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:49

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

10:57

Attempt missed. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

9:13

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

3:35

Attempt saved. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross.

3:08

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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