Leicester City strengthened their bid for promotion as the Championship leaders comfortably beat Charlton.

The home side made the perfect start as Jamie Vardy struck from close range before Simon Church had a shot saved as Charlton attempted to respond.

Leicester took control in the second half, Danny Drinkwater's long-range strike making it 2-0 before David Nugent drove in another.

The Foxes remain eight points clear at the top but are now 13 clear of third.

They have not played in the Premier League since 2004 but now look firmly on course to make a return to the top flight this year as they made it 11 wins from their last 14 games in the Championship.

Vardy set the Foxes on their way to victory against Ipswich last time out with an early goal and he again put his side ahead less than 10 minutes into this game as the former FC Halifax striker poked home from Nugent's pass.

The home side wasted no time in pressing for a second as Anthony Knockaert forced a good save out of Charlton goalkeeper Ben Hamer, before Nugent headed over.

Charlton soaked up the pressure and as the half wore on they started to enjoy the majority of the possession.

However, they were struggling to impose themselves in the final third, with their best chance of the first half the result of a defensive mix-up between Leicester defender Wes Morgan and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel which presented Church with a sight of goal, but his shot was saved.

Leicester looking unstoppable

  • Leicester are unbeaten in their past 14 games in the Championship, winning 11. Their last league defeat was 3-1 at Brighton in early December
  • They have scored 62 league goals so far this season - the most in the Championship
  • They have the best home record in the Championship this season. Their only league defeat at home this season was 2-0 to Nottingham Forest in November

Charlton paid the price for failing to turn their possession into decent chances as Leicester scored another goal early in the second half as Nugent's effort was denied by Hamer but Drinkwater was on hand to rifle in the rebound.

Drinkwater forced a good save out of Hamer soon after, before Richard Wood headed over as Charlton attempted to respond.

However, Nugent ensured there was to be no way back for the visitors when he picked up a pass from Vardy, raced towards goal and, with defenders backing off, the striker smashed in a shot off the far post.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "We played very well and showed that, as the side leading the table, we deserve to be there. But we have got 13 more games to go and 39 points to play for.

"We will try to keep that going but we may still get set-backs. But I would rather be in the position we are in than third and trying to ease a way into the top two.

"The big danger is that you get side-tracked into losing focus on what we are able to do ourselves."

Charlton boss Chris Powell: "They are a very good side and we have possibly played against the champions elect if they carry on the way they are playing.

"But I was disappointed about the first goal that was clearly offside and if we could have gone into half-time level that would have helped, but they scored an early goal in the second half and that had their tails up.

"Then really it was a question of making sure we came away from here with not a massive defeat and I suppose I've got to be happy with 3-0."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 de Laet
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 04 Drinkwater (Hammond - 76' )
  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 05 Morgan
  • 26 Mahrez
  • 08 James (King - 70' )
  • 09 Vardy Booked (Wood - 67' )
  • 35 Nugent
  • 24 Knockaert

Substitutes

  • 07 Hammond
  • 10 King
  • 18 Moore
  • 22 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25 Logan
  • 28 Phillips
  • 39 Wood

Charlton Athletic

  • 01 Hamer
  • 23 Wilson
  • 16 Wiggins
  • 39 Poyet Booked
  • 05 Morrison (Dervite - 21' )
  • 15 Wood
  • 24 Cousins (Hughes - 60' )
  • 04 Jackson
  • 09 Church
  • 42 Ajdarevic (Tudgay - 60' )
  • 11 Harriott Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Hughes
  • 06 Dervite
  • 07 Green
  • 08 Ghoochanneijhad
  • 18 Tudgay
  • 21 Thuram-Ulien
  • 36 Fox
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 24,742

Match Stats

Shots

18 5

On target

8 1

Corners

3 0

Fouls

9 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leicester City 3, Charlton Athletic 0.

90:00 +3:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leicester City 3, Charlton Athletic 0.

90:00 +1:06

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

90:00 +0:29

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:29

Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

86:57

Attempt saved. Chris Wood (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy King.

84:32

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Nugent with a cross.

81:50

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ritchie de Laet with a cross.

77:53

Attempt saved. Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

76:21

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

76:21

Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Dean Hammond replaces Daniel Drinkwater.

74:54 Booking

Booking Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:48

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:48

Foul by Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic).

74:38

Attempt blocked. Marcus Tudgay (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Hughes.

73:28

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

73:28

Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:48 Substitution

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

66:14 Substitution

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

63:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 3, Charlton Athletic 0. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

63:02

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:02

Foul by Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic).

62:43

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

62:43

Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:45

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

60:45

Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Marcus Tudgay replaces Astrit Ajdarevic.

59:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Andy Hughes replaces Jordan Cousins.

57:37

Attempt missed. Richard Wood (Charlton Athletic) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Astrit Ajdarevic following a set piece situation.

57:02

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

57:02

Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:14

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

56:14

Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:10

Attempt blocked. Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew James.

52:44

Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

52:39

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

49:47

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew James.

47:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 2, Charlton Athletic 0. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner.

47:19

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp with a cross.

46:09

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:09

Foul by Astrit Ajdarevic (Charlton Athletic).

45:00

Second Half begins Leicester City 1, Charlton Athletic 0.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leicester City 1, Charlton Athletic 0.

45:00 +0:15

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jordan Cousins.

44:18

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Lawrie Wilson tries a through ball, but Jordan Cousins is caught offside.

43:39

Attempt blocked. Astrit Ajdarevic (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Harriott.

40:39 Booking

Booking Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

40:31

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

40:31

Foul by Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic).

39:10

Attempt missed. Astrit Ajdarevic (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high. Assisted by Lawrie Wilson.

38:17

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew James.

37:18

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

36:59

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

36:59

Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

36:14

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross.

34:54

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Lawrie Wilson.

29:48

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

29:48

Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:26 Booking

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

27:05

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

27:05

Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:03

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:03

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic).

23:47

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Lawrie Wilson.

23:42

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

20:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Dorian Dervite replaces Michael Morrison because of an injury.

19:46

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross.

19:13

Attempt saved. Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Morrison.

17:01

Offside, Leicester City. Daniel Drinkwater tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

11:01

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

9:57

Delay in match Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) because of an injury.

8:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 1, Charlton Athletic 0. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Nugent.

7:19

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:19

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic).

6:15

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

6:15

Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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