Leicester City moved eight points clear at the top of the Championship with a comfortable victory at Barnsley.

Anthony Knockaert hit the bar for the visitors, before Jamie Vardy scored his first of the night when he finished after David Nugent's header.

The excellent Vardy set up Leicester's second as his pass found an unmarked Danny Drinkwater, who side-footed home.

Vardy scored his side's third when he collected Riyad Mahrez's through-ball and rounded goalkeeper Luke Steele.

Free-scoring Foxes

Leicester have now scored 65 times in 34 Championship matches, the highest tally in the division.

The win means Leicester are now on 77 points, eight ahead of second-placed Burnley, who play at Birmingham City on Wednesday.

Nigel Pearson's team are also 15 points clear of Derby in third as the Foxes aim to return to the Premier League, after last playing in the top-flight in the 2003-04 season.

Barnsley were comprehensively beaten and remain 23rd in the table, two points adrift of safety.

Leicester, now unbeaten in 15 Championship games, could have taken an early lead but Knockaert hit the woodwork. Mahrez's effort was then well saved by Steele, before Vardy scored for the fourth successive match.

But Barnsley almost grabbed an unmerited equaliser when Chris O'Grady put a free header wide, in one of their rare chances.

That miss proved costly as Drinkwater doubled his side's lead in the 58th minute, before Vardy made it 3-0 with his 15th goal of the season four minutes later.

Only a point-blank save from Steele late on to block Gary Taylor-Fletcher's header denied Leicester a fourth.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"We've worked hard to get to the top of the league and we want to try and do everything we can to stay there.

"We're not virtually there, we want to try and win every game that we play.

"We won't do it, of course, but that's what we've tried to do every time we've played and we'll try and have that same approach to games from here on in.

"I don't know what the total will be that's required to get automatic promotion, or to win the title, but we'll do everything we can to accrue as many points as we can and we'll see where it takes us."

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson:

"Leicester are the best team in this division by a country mile, in my opinion.

"They're class, they're a good team to watch and I'm slightly jealous in one respect because they've got some quality players there.

"It's coming together for them now. They're a Premier League team in waiting; it's only a matter of time."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele
  • 12 Hunt
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 08 Dawson
  • 03 Ramage (Nyatanga - 54' )
  • 06 Cranie (Mvoto - 11' )
  • 21 Mellis
  • 11 Woods
  • 10 O'Grady
  • 42 McCourt (Proschwitz - 45' )
  • 16 Jennings

Substitutes

  • 05 Nyatanga
  • 09 Proschwitz
  • 14 Lawrence
  • 19 Cywka
  • 22 Mvoto
  • 24 Noble-Lazarus
  • 31 Turner

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 de Laet
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 05 Morgan
  • 24 Knockaert (Hammond - 78' )
  • 08 James
  • 09 Vardy (Taylor-Fletcher - 67' )
  • 35 Nugent (Wood - 65' )
  • 26 Mahrez

Substitutes

  • 07 Hammond
  • 10 King
  • 18 Moore
  • 22 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25 Logan
  • 28 Phillips
  • 39 Wood
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 12,539

Match Stats

Shots

7 24

On target

0 10

Corners

3 7

Fouls

7 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Barnsley 0, Leicester City 3.

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Barnsley 0, Leicester City 3.

90:00 +1:15

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

89:17

Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City).

89:17

Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:04

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

85:59

Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Martin Woods.

85:01

Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City).

85:01

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:57

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

83:57

Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:23

Attempt saved. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross.

82:42

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

82:42

Foul by Jack Hunt (Barnsley).

81:50

Offside, Barnsley. Chris O'Grady tries a through ball, but Dale Jennings is caught offside.

78:38

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

77:32 Substitution

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

76:55

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

76:55

Foul by Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley).

76:20

Attempt missed. Matthew James (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

75:46

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Stephen Dawson.

75:38

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

72:35

Attempt saved. Chris Wood (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater with a cross.

71:12

Matthew James (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

71:12

Foul by Martin Woods (Barnsley).

68:27

Attempt missed. Matthew James (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

66:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Gary Taylor-Fletcher replaces Jamie Vardy.

65:10

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

65:10

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

64:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces David Nugent.

61:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnsley 0, Leicester City 3. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

57:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnsley 0, Leicester City 2. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a cross.

56:15

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

56:15

Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:03

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

55:17

Attempt missed. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

54:34

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

54:29

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Lewin Nyatanga replaces Peter Ramage because of an injury.

52:47

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

49:48

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

49:07

Delay in match Peter Ramage (Barnsley) because of an injury.

48:02

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

45:58

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Hunt.

45:00

Second Half begins Barnsley 0, Leicester City 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Nick Proschwitz replaces Patrick McCourt.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

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

45:00 +2:02

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Martin Woods with a cross following a set piece situation.

45:00 +1:29

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

45:00 +1:29

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:24

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

42:32

David Nugent (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:32

Foul by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).

41:04

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

41:04

Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:02

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

40:02

Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:47

Attempt missed. Matthew James (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater with a headed pass.

36:01

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

35:01

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Nugent.

32:36

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

32:36

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

31:53

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

31:53

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

31:27

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

31:24

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

27:36

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

26:22

Attempt missed. Martin Woods (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

25:49

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

25:48

Attempt blocked. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Martin Woods.

23:52

Attempt missed. Martin Woods (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

22:05

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

22:05

Jack Hunt (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnsley 0, Leicester City 1. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Nugent with a headed pass.

19:21

Offside, Barnsley. Patrick McCourt tries a through ball, but Thomas Kennedy is caught offside.

16:45

Attempt missed. Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross following a corner.

16:16

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Stephen Dawson.

12:48

Offside, Barnsley. Jean-Yves Mvoto tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

10:38

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jacob Mellis.

10:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Jean-Yves Mvoto replaces Martin Cranie because of an injury.

10:01

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Dale Jennings.

9:41

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

8:31

Delay in match Martin Cranie (Barnsley) because of an injury.

7:09

Foul by Matthew James (Leicester City).

7:09

Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:34

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Luke Steele.

6:31

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

3:32

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

2:48

Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by David Nugent.

1:30

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jacob Mellis.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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