Leicester City moved closer to winning the Championship title as QPR missed the chance to seal a play-off place.

David Nugent scored the only goal, firing past keeper Rob Green from 12 yards, before QPR defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto received a second booking.

QPR had several chances with Yun Suk-Young and Niko Kranjcar forcing decent saves from Kasper Schmeichel.

At the other end Andy King had an effort cleared off the line and earlier fired at Green from close range.

The result sees Leicester move onto 93 points with Nigel Pearson's side holding a seven-point advantage over Burnley with three games left. QPR remain fourth but need just a point to seal a play off place.

Harry Redknapp's side had the better of the early chances with Yun and Kranjcar forcing routine saves from Schmeichel.

Kranjcar then saw his close-range effort blocked by the legs of Schmeichel after a goal-mouth scramble before Leicester cleared their lines.

At the other end King had two chances in quick succession to give the hosts the lead.

First he fired a half volley from six yards straight at Green and then, having rounded the QPR keeper, he saw Nedum Onuoha brilliantly clear his effort off the line.

QPR continued to create chances themselves and Modibo Maiga was unlucky to see his effort deflect off Wes Morgan and sail just wide after he had been played in by Kranjcar.

But Leicester eventually broke the deadlock with Nugent scoring his 19th league goal of the season.

The Foxes forward was played in by Daniel Drinkwater and, after outpacing the QPR defence, he fired across Green and into the far corner of the net for 1-0.

QPR'S task was made that much harder when Assou-Ekotto was sent off for a second bookable offence.

But they pressed for the equaliser and Kranjcar's free-kick was deflected wide as Leicester held on for another three points.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "We deserved to win the game and we created more opportunities.

"We are in a good position and I thought this was a very interesting and tactical game between two good sides. But I have not changed my philosophy, we have three games left and we want to win them all.

"I think QPR have a lot of quality players and showed their depth of quality. It was always going to be a tough game for us to win and both games against QPR have been decided by one goal and fittingly each time it was a quality goal."

QPR boss Harry Redknapp: "We still need another result. We are still one result away from doing it - although you never know, do you? We might not have to win another game.

"We might have enough points already, but we don't want to leave that to chance so we are looking for another win.

"I thought we played well and were unfortunate to lose. They are a good side but I thought we were every bit as good as them."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel Booked
  • 02 de Laet
  • 15 Schlupp (Moore - 77' )
  • 07 Hammond (James - 67' )
  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 05 Morgan
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 10 King
  • 35 Nugent
  • 24 Knockaert (Dyer - 68' )
  • 26 Mahrez

Substitutes

  • 08 James
  • 11 Dyer
  • 18 Moore
  • 22 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25 Logan
  • 28 Phillips
  • 39 Wood

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 02 Simpson
  • 13 Yun Suk-young
  • 20 Henry
  • 18 Hughes
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 35 Benayoun (Wright-Phillips - 45' )
  • 36 O'Neil Booked
  • 40 Maiga (Zamora - 72' )
  • 19 Kranjcar Booked (Morrison - 82' )
  • 39 Assou-Ekotto Dismissed after an earlier booking

Substitutes

  • 04 Morrison
  • 05 Dunne
  • 11 Wright-Phillips
  • 12 Keane
  • 25 Zamora
  • 26 Murphy
  • 38 Donaldson
Ref: Scott Duncan
Att: 27,386

Match Stats

Shots

17 13

On target

5 3

Corners

4 7

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leicester City 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.

90:00 +4:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.

89:59

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

89:59

Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:18

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Robert Green.

89:14

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

88:02

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

88:02

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers).

87:13

Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).

87:13

Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:31

Attempt blocked. Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary O'Neil.

86:26

Attempt blocked. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.

85:17

Hand ball by Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers).

83:39

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

82:44

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

82:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Ravel Morrison replaces Niko Kranjcar.

81:38

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

78:52

Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

77:48 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) for a bad foul.

77:44

Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

77:44

Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers).

76:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Liam Moore replaces Jeffrey Schlupp because of an injury.

76:02

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

75:03

Delay in match Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) because of an injury.

73:30

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

73:25

Attempt blocked. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

72:20 Booking

Booking Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:08

Foul by Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City).

72:08

Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bobby Zamora replaces Modibo Maiga.

70:14

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Niko Kranjcar tries a through ball, but Shaun Wright-Phillips is caught offside.

67:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 1, Queens Park Rangers 0. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

67:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Lloyd Dyer replaces Anthony Knockaert.

66:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Matthew James replaces Dean Hammond.

64:51

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

64:47

Attempt blocked. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Modibo Maiga.

63:32

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

63:32

Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:26

Offside, Leicester City. Daniel Drinkwater tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

60:19

Attempt missed. Modibo Maiga (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar.

57:00

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

57:00

Modibo Maiga (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:26 Booking

Booking Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

56:12

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

56:12

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers).

55:23

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

55:23

Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:56

Attempt missed. Modibo Maiga (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Shaun Wright-Phillips.

45:17

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Nedum Onuoha tries a through ball, but Modibo Maiga is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Leicester City 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Shaun Wright-Phillips replaces Yossi Benayoun.

45:00 +3:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leicester City 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

45:00 +2:46

Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Nugent with a headed pass.

45:00 +1:50

Attempt missed. Modibo Maiga (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar.

45:00 +1:23

Hand ball by Modibo Maiga (Queens Park Rangers).

43:59

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

43:59

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers).

43:08 Booking

Booking Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

42:33

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

42:33

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

40:05

Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.

39:40

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Karl Henry.

39:38

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

39:29

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

38:46

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

38:08 Booking

Booking Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

37:33

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

37:18

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

37:18

Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers).

36:04

Attempt saved. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.

35:54

Attempt blocked. Dean Hammond (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

35:26

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Danny Simpson.

34:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

33:20

Delay in match Modibo Maiga (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

32:55

Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

32:51

Attempt saved. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Modibo Maiga.

32:10

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

32:10

Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:17

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

31:17

Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:56

Offside, Leicester City. Dean Hammond tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

29:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

28:04

Delay in match Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) because of an injury.

24:09

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

24:09

Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:09

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

21:25

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

21:24

Attempt saved. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Modibo Maiga.

18:27

Attempt saved. Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Modibo Maiga.

17:52

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Gary O'Neil tries a through ball, but Yossi Benayoun is caught offside.

17:09

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

17:06

Attempt blocked. Modibo Maiga (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar.

16:14

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Gary O'Neil tries a through ball, but Modibo Maiga is caught offside.

14:42

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

14:40

Attempt blocked. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Karl Henry.

12:54

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wes Morgan.

12:11

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

9:58

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

9:58

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

8:38

Hand ball by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

6:34

Offside, Leicester City. Andy King tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

5:10

Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:10

Foul by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).

4:35

Offside, Leicester City. Andy King tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

2:18

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

2:17

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp with a cross.

1:51

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

1:44

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

0:18

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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