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Leicester City 3-0 Millwall

Jamie Vardy of Leicester (left)

Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester moved three points clear at the top of the Championship with victory over Millwall at the King Power Stadium.

Winger Lloyd Dyer got the Foxes off to a great start when he volleyed in from Danny Drinkwater's cross.

Forward Vardy then scored twice in two minutes after the break.

His first was a cool finish from Kasper Schmeichel's throw-out, before he rounded keeper David Forde for his sixth goal of the season.

The Foxes' seventh home win of this campaign was their first league victory over Millwall in five attempts - the Lions having done the double for the past two seasons - and Leicester duly made a nervous start.

Australia international Scott McDonald was given plenty of time and space to fire in a third-minute shot for the visitors, but it flew well wide.

However, the Foxes settled down and took the initiative with a well worked and splendidly taken goal. Marcin Wasilewski sent Drinkwater clear down the right and his excellent cross was volleyed home by Dyer.

Forde then pulled off a stunning stop to keep out a shot from the lively Anthony Knockaert and followed that up by blocking Dyer's header.

Millwall, who briefly came into the game with a sequence of four successive corners, were fortunate to be only one goal down at half-time.

And their hopes of a second-half fight-back were crushed by two goals in quick succession from Vardy.

His pace brought him his first when he picked up Schmeichel's ball inside his own half and raced away before beating the advancing Forde.

Two minutes later, he seized on a poor headed back-pass by Mark Beevers to go round Forde and slot in.

Millwall's only clear effort on goal came when Steve Morison hit the bar with a header from Lee Martin's cross just after the hour as the Lions finished the day in 21st place, five points clear of the relegation zone.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"I was very pleased for Jamie Vardy. I don't think anyone who watches us would have anything but praise for his tireless efforts on behalf of the team.

"I know his team-mates will be very pleased for him to get two goals. Last week it was David Nugent scoring two goals and this week it is Jamie."

Millwall manager Steve Lomas:

"I was very disappointed. We wanted to hang in there which is why we had one up front and five in midfield.

"We started okay and we knew Leicester would come out of the traps and try to win the game early.

"We looked as though we had got ourselves into the game and then conceded a very poor goal to go behind."

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 3Konchesky
  • 4DrinkwaterSubstituted forHammondat 74'minutes
  • 5Morgan
  • 23Miquel
  • 24Knockaert
  • 8James
  • 35NugentSubstituted forWoodat 61'minutes
  • 9VardyBooked at 28mins
  • 11DyerSubstituted forTaylor-Fletcherat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Hammond
  • 10King
  • 15Schlupp
  • 18Moore
  • 22Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25Logan
  • 39Wood

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 25Hoyte
  • 28MaloneBooked at 24mins
  • 17Moussi
  • 5Robinson
  • 16Beevers
  • 7Feeney
  • 26AbdouBooked at 68mins
  • 27McDonaldSubstituted forKeoghat 61'minutes
  • 18ChaplowSubstituted forMartinat 61'minutes
  • 11WoolfordSubstituted forMorisonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Easter
  • 9Morison
  • 12Lowry
  • 13Martin
  • 20Keogh
  • 21Smith
  • 43Bywater
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
21,633

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home31
Away10
Shots on Target
Home13
Away1
Corners
Home11
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 3, Millwall 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 3, Millwall 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dean Hammond (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by David Forde.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Offside, Millwall. Lee Martin tries a through ball, but Steve Morison is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Wood (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Wood (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kasper Schmeichel.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steve Morison (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Matthew James (Leicester City).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

  16. Post update

    Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Paul Robinson (Millwall).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andrew Keogh (Millwall) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Scott Malone.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Paul Konchesky with a cross.