Championship leaders Leicester City were denied a fifth straight league win by Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park as the gap at the top was closed to five points by second-placed Burnley.

Jamie Vardy opened the scoring for Leicester from close range after Ritchie De Laet's cross.

Matt Kilgallon headed in an equaliser before the break for his first goal in Blackburn colours.

Did you know?

Leicester's last win at Ewood Park in all competitions came in the Premier League in May 1997. Blackburn have won five of the last seven home meetings against the Foxes, drawing the other two.

Leicester are 15 points clear of third-placed Derby County.

The Foxes went into the match seven points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand, and are now unbeaten in 17 Championship games, winning 13 of them.

They boast the best away record in the division, with 11 wins from 18, while Blackburn had lost their last two home matches to lose pace with the play-off chasing pack.

Burnley's win at Charlton moves them to just five points off the leaders but Leicester are still 15 points ahead of third-placed Derby as they look to secure promotion to the Premier League.

The Foxes looked like continuing their good form on their travels as Vardy tapped in an opener from close-range, following De Laet's cross.

Jordan Rhodes was denied an instant leveller by Kasper Schmeichel's one-handed save, before the striker had a penalty appeal turned down following a challenge by De Laet.

The equaliser did come just before half-time though when Kilgallon met Craig Conway's corner to head home.

Blackburn almost took the lead soon after the restart but Rudy Gestede's goal-bound header was blocked on the line by Rhodes, before Vardy hit a post for Leicester after rounding goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"I thought we were excellent. They're a top team with a top manager and we've gone toe-to-toe and had a right good go.

"It's certainly one of the better performances this season.

"There haven't been too many performances where we haven't competed, but against the league leaders we've got to be pleased with that. But we can't rest on our laurels now."

Leicester assistant manager Craig Shakespeare:

"I think we had the best clear-cut chances in the game but I think if we'd taken all three [points], with Blackburn's performance, they'd have been disappointed not to take something out of it.

"They gave us as good a game as we've had all season. At the start of the second half they were on top but we probably shaded it in terms of the best chances.

"As you get to what people call the business end of the season, we have to see it as a point gained."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 27 Henley (Kane - 87' )
  • 03 Spurr
  • 17 Williamson (King - 91' )
  • 16 Keane
  • 04 Kilgallon Booked
  • 22 Feeney (Taylor - 77' )
  • 29 Evans
  • 39 Gestede
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 32 Conway

Substitutes

  • 02 Kane
  • 07 King
  • 08 Dunn
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 14 Olsson
  • 15 Varney
  • 19 Taylor

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel Booked
  • 02 de Laet (Moore - 64' )
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 05 Morgan
  • 24 Knockaert (Hammond - 62' )
  • 08 James (King - 76' )
  • 09 Vardy
  • 35 Nugent
  • 26 Mahrez

Substitutes

  • 07 Hammond
  • 10 King
  • 18 Moore
  • 22 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25 Logan
  • 28 Phillips
  • 39 Wood
Ref: Eddie Ilderton
Att: 16,528

Match Stats

Shots

14 17

On target

5 2

Corners

12 5

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Leicester City 1.

90:00 +7:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Leicester City 1.

90:00 +5:59

Attempt missed. Andy King (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +5:43

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Michael Keane.

90:00 +4:55

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

90:00 +3:59

Liam Moore (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:59

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

90:00 +1:44

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dean Hammond.

90:00 +0:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joshua King replaces Lee Williamson.

90:00 +0:26

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Liam Moore.

89:22

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Liam Moore.

88:36

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

88:21

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

88:18

Attempt blocked. Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Kilgallon.

87:43

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

86:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Todd Kane replaces Adam Henley because of an injury.

83:39

Delay in match Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

83:09

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Lee Williamson.

82:35

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

82:35

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

81:03

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

79:09

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

79:09

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

76:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Liam Feeney.

76:02

Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

75:31 Substitution

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

75:01

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a set piece situation.

74:19 Booking

Booking Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:14

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:14

Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).

73:01

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

72:59

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

72:47

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

69:50

Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

68:29

Foul by Matthew James (Leicester City).

68:29

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:28

Attempt missed. Matthew James (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

65:23 Booking

Booking Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

65:07

Attempt missed. Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass following a corner.

64:32

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

63:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Liam Moore replaces Ritchie de Laet.

61:47

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

61:47

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:16 Substitution

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

60:36

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

60:36

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

60:27

Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

59:04

Attempt missed. Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

58:19

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

58:19

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:05

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

57:05

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

56:47

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

54:44

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left. Assisted by Kasper Schmeichel.

53:59

Attempt missed. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway.

51:18

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50:27

Delay in match Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) because of an injury.

48:34

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

47:37

Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Corry Evans.

47:12

Attempt blocked. Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:09

Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

46:42

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Matthew James.

46:17

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

46:17

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:35

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City).

45:35

Liam Feeney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 1, Leicester City 1.

45:00 +1:42 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Leicester City 1.

45:00 +1:04

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Matthew James.

44:11

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

44:03

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

42:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Leicester City 1. Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

41:58

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

40:22

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

40:22

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:07

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

37:01

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Adam Henley.

33:38

Hand ball by Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers).

32:05

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

32:05

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

31:22

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

31:22

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:40

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

27:24

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Michael Keane.

27:13

Attempt saved. Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

26:42

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.

23:24

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

23:24

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

21:00

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

20:57

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Corry Evans.

20:23

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

19:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 0, Leicester City 1. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ritchie de Laet.

19:14

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

18:11

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

17:24

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Rudy Gestede tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

13:41

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

13:41

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:41

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

12:00

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

7:57

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:57

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

7:41

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

2:19

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

2:19

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) 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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