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Leicester City 3-0 Charlton Athletic

Leicester City

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.

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Post-match: Leicester boss Pearson

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.

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.

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Post Match: Charlton boss Powell

"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."

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de Laet
  • 15Schlupp
  • 4DrinkwaterSubstituted forHammondat 76'minutes
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 5Morgan
  • 26Mahrez
  • 8JamesSubstituted forKingat 70'minutes
  • 9VardyBooked at 28minsSubstituted forWoodat 67'minutes
  • 35Nugent
  • 24Knockaert

Substitutes

  • 7Hammond
  • 10King
  • 18Moore
  • 22Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25Logan
  • 28Phillips
  • 39Wood

Charlton

  • 1Hamer
  • 23Wilson
  • 16Wiggins
  • 39PoyetBooked at 75mins
  • 5MorrisonSubstituted forDerviteat 21'minutes
  • 15Wood
  • 24CousinsSubstituted forHughesat 60'minutes
  • 4Jackson
  • 9Church
  • 42AjdarevicSubstituted forTudgayat 60'minutes
  • 11HarriottBooked at 41mins

Substitutes

  • 2Hughes
  • 6Dervite
  • 7Green
  • 8Ghoochanneijhad
  • 18Tudgay
  • 21Thuram-Ulien
  • 36Fox
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
24,742

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home18
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 3, Charlton Athletic 0.

Full Time

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

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

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

Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

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

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.

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.

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

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Dean Hammond replaces Daniel Drinkwater.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic).

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

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Andy King replaces Matthew James.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces Jamie Vardy.

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.

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

Foul by Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic).

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

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

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Marcus Tudgay replaces Astrit Ajdarevic.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Andy Hughes replaces Jordan Cousins.

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.

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

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

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester33235562323074
2Burnley331812352262666
3Derby33187860421861
4QPR32169738261257
5Nottm Forest331413654391555
6Wigan321571041301152
7Reading331491051381351
8Brighton32131093427749
9Ipswich33121294437748
10Blackburn321210103839-146
11Watford331112104839945
12Leeds32128124440444
13Huddersfield33127144544143
14Middlesbrough33913114137440
15Sheff Wed32912113938139
16Bournemouth32109134251-939
17Birmingham3399153942-336
18Bolton33812134149-836
19Blackpool33811142948-1935
20Doncaster3379172853-2530
21Millwall33610173161-3028
22Charlton3069152441-1727
23Yeovil3268182848-2026
24Barnsley32511163056-2626
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