Leicester 3-0 Blackburn
Leicester kick-started their automatic promotion push as they comfortably saw off Blackburn to end a run of four matches without a win.
Chris Wood nodded in his ninth goal in as many games for the Foxes before Harry Kane headed in on his home debut.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel saved well from Morten Gamst Pedersen, but had little to do for the rest of the first half.
Andy King scored a third headed goal in stoppage time to close out victory.
Leicester move to within five points of second-placed Watford with a game in hand over Gianfranco Zola's men.
Kane, signed from Tottenham on loan until the end of the season, made an immediate impact with a mazy run and shot bringing a good save out of Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean early on before his header dropped just wide.
Another loanee, Michael Keane, should have broken the deadlock as he contrived to miss the target from six yards, but Nigel Pearson's side did not have to wait long.
Ben Marshall's deep cross was well met by Wood and the same player was the provider for the second, picking out Kane at the far post 13 minutes later.
Blackburn had mustered little more than Pedersen's deflected volley and a couple of long-range efforts from David Bentley in the first half and could not rouse themselves to a comeback after the break.
Instead Leicester could have added a third though Kane's volley and Marshall's swerving shot.
Lloyd Dyer, on as a substitute, almost picked his way through the visitors defence after being thrown on by Nigel Pearson, but it was King who finally completed the win as Rovers again failed to deal with a Marshall delivery and the forward glanced in at the near post.
Leicester boss Nigel Pearson: "It is good to get back to winning ways, It was an important win for us and it keeps us in touch.
"We have still got a bit of ground to make up, but at least our destiny is in our own hands.
"It is good to bounce back and I am very pleased with the overall performance. We worked very hard and it was thoroughly professional."
Blackburn boss Michael Appleton: "We were beaten by the better side, but who knows what might have happened had we not witnessed a world-class save.
"If you get the first goal things can turn in your favour, but they got the first goal and went from strength to strength.
"The goals we conceded were a big disappointment for me, it was unlike our players. But it is hard for me to be too critical of the back four because they have been magnificent while I have been at the club."
- 01 Schmeichel
- 02 De Laet
- 03 Konchesky
- 05 Morgan
- 15 M Keane
- 04 Drinkwater
- 07 Marshall
- 10 King
- 24 Knockaert (Dyer - 75' )
- 37 Kane (Vardy - 83' )
- 39 Wood (Waghorn - 87' )
- 13 Logan
- 06 Whitbread
- 11 Dyer
- 17 Gallagher
- 19 Wellens
- 09 Vardy
- 14 Waghorn
- 34 Kean
- 02 Orr
- 16 Dann
- 23 Rekik (Henley - 46' )
- 31 G Hanley
- 06 Lowe
- 12 Pedersen (Ms Olsson - 46' )
- 13 Murphy
- 35 Bentley
- 10 Campbell
- 11 Rhodes (Nuno Gomes - 72' )
- 29 Sandomierski
- 05 Givet
- 27 Henley
- 14 Ms Olsson
- 24 Morris
- 21 Nuno Gomes
- 25 Goodwillie
Live Text Commentary
Martyn Waghorn provided the assist for the goal.90:00 +2:02 Goal scored
Goal! - Andy King - Leicester 3 - 0 Blackburn Andy King scores a headed goal from close range. Leicester 3-0 Blackburn.90:00 +1:36
Corner taken by Martyn Waghorn from the right by-line,90:00 +1:25 Full time
Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.87:46
Corner from right by-line taken by Martyn Waghorn.85:56
Ben Marshall has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Jake Kean.85:56 Substitution
Substitution Martyn Waghorn comes on in place of Chris Wood.85:56
Adam Henley concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Vardy.85:10
Chris Wood has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.84:12
Jamie Vardy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Bentley. David Bentley restarts play with the free kick.82:07 Substitution
Substitution (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Jamie Vardy coming on for Harry Kane.78:37
Miguel Nuno Gomes fouled by Wes Morgan, the ref awards a free kick. David Bentley takes the free kick.77:53
Markus Olsson has an effort at goal from long distance that misses to the left of the goal.77:09
Harry Kane is caught offside. Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.76:38
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ben Marshall, Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.74:19 Substitution
Substitution Lloyd Dyer comes on in place of Anthony Knockaert.70:38 Substitution
Substitution Miguel Nuno Gomes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jordan Rhodes.70:38
Unfair challenge on Ben Marshall by Adam Henley results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Marshall.69:16
Effort from outside the penalty box by Markus Olsson goes wide left of the goal.66:21
Inswinging corner taken by David Bentley.
Danny Drinkwater concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Murphy. Grant Hanley takes the direct free kick.49:27
Ben Marshall takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.46:48
Effort from the edge of the box by Harry Kane goes wide of the left-hand upright.45:01
The second half begins.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Adam Henley on for Karim Rekik.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Markus Olsson on for Morten Gamst Pedersen.45:00 +1:03 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.45:00 +0:16
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Bentley by Anthony Knockaert. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.44:29
Effort on goal by Chris Wood from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.41:14
Assist on the goal came from Ben Marshall.41:14 Goal scored
Goal! - Harry Kane - Leicester 2 - 0 Blackburn Harry Kane finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Leicester 2-0 Blackburn.40:26
Corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall,38:02
Handball decision goes against Anthony Knockaert. Free kick taken by Scott Dann.33:02
Corner taken by Anthony Knockaert from the right by-line, save by Jake Kean.32:24
Paul Konchesky fouled by Jordan Rhodes, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Konchesky takes the direct free kick.28:34
Assist on the goal came from Ben Marshall.28:34 Goal scored
Goal! - Chris Wood - Leicester 1 - 0 Blackburn Chris Wood scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Leicester 1-0 Blackburn.25:13
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall from the left by-line, Michael Keane takes a shot from close range clearing the crossbar.22:59
Corner taken by David Bentley, clearance made by Chris Wood. Effort from 30 yards by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Save by Kasper Schmeichel. Corner taken by David Bentley from the left by-line, clearance made by Michael Keane.21:05
Anthony Knockaert takes a shot. Save by Jake Kean. Corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall, Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance. Anthony Knockaert takes a inswinging corner.15:47
Free kick awarded for a foul by Wes Morgan on Jason Lowe. Morten Gamst Pedersen shoots direct from the free kick.14:52
Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a inswinging corner.10:19
Chris Wood produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.8:12
Karim Rekik challenges Anthony Knockaert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anthony Knockaert delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right by-line, clearance by Danny Murphy. Anthony Knockaert takes the inswinging corner, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Anthony Knockaert from the right by-line, Scott Dann makes a clearance.6:47
Harry Kane takes a shot. Jake Kean makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Anthony Knockaert from the right by-line, clearance by Grant Hanley.5:05
David Bentley produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.4:02
Jason Lowe fouled by Anthony Knockaert, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jake Kean.2:42
David Bentley takes a shot.2:18
Harry Kane takes a shot. Save by Jake Kean.1:15
Effort on goal by Ben Marshall from long range goes over the bar.0:00
The referee gets the game started.
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