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Leicester City 1-0 Queens Park Rangers

David Nugent celebrates

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.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson

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Post-match: Leicester boss Pearson

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."

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1SchmeichelBooked at 73mins
  • 2de Laet
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forMooreat 77'minutes
  • 7HammondSubstituted forJamesat 67'minutes
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 5Morgan
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 10King
  • 35Nugent
  • 24KnockaertSubstituted forDyerat 68'minutes
  • 26Mahrez

Substitutes

  • 8James
  • 11Dyer
  • 18Moore
  • 22Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25Logan
  • 28Phillips
  • 39Wood

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 2Simpson
  • 13Yun Suk-young
  • 20Henry
  • 18Hughes
  • 15Onuoha
  • 35BenayounSubstituted forWright-Phillipsat 45'minutes
  • 36O'NeilBooked at 57mins
  • 40MaigaSubstituted forZamoraat 72'minutes
  • 19KranjcarBooked at 44minsSubstituted forMorrisonat 82'minutes
  • 39Assou-EkottoBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 4Morrison
  • 5Dunne
  • 11Wright-Phillips
  • 12Keane
  • 25Zamora
  • 26Murphy
  • 38Donaldson
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
27,386

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home17
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

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

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Robert Green.

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.

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

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

Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).

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

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

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

Hand ball by Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers).

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

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

Substitution

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

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

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

Dismissal

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

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

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

Substitution

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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

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

Booking

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

Foul by Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City).

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

Substitution

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

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

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Lloyd Dyer replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Matthew James replaces Dean Hammond.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

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

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

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

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

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.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4328963693
2Burnley43241453286
3Derby43239112978
4QPR432110121473
5Wigan422010121770
6Brighton431714121265
7Reading431713131064
8Ipswich43171313664
9Nottm Forest43151711562
10Bournemouth43171115-162
11Blackburn43151612361
12Watford421515121860
13Middlesbrough43141613958
14Bolton43131614-255
15Sheff Wed43131416253
16Leeds4315820-853
17Huddersfield43121120-947
18Birmingham42111021-1143
19Doncaster43111022-2843
20Millwall43101320-2943
21Charlton42101220-2442
22Blackpool43101221-2742
23Barnsley4391222-2939
24Yeovil4381322-2537
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