Nigel Pearson’s Foxes continue their march to the Championship title after a 1-0 victory at home to QPR this lunch time. The visitors under the leadership of Harry Redknapp missed their chance to secure a play-off spot as David Nugent scored the only goal of the game to take Leicester seven points clear of second placed Burnley who played yesterday.

Being a top 6 battle both sides started strongly, with QPR earning a corner after barely half a minute and looked good for the money early on. The ball was soon up at the other end of the pitch as Leicester got themselves a corner less than a minute later who also started well.

French Winger and firm Foxes favourite Knockaert then came clean through for the hosts in the twelfth minute but his shot went high and wide. Soon after  Niko Kranjcar’s thunderous strike forced a save from Kasper Schmeichel, who just managed to tip it over the bar.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto was booked in the 38th minute for a foul on Leicester’s Knockaert, who sent the resulting free-kick just wide of the mark.

The first half could have finished with a goal in it as Andy King took the ball around the QPR ‘keeper and sent it goalwards, and it would have been in had it not been for Nedum Onuhoa’s superb clearance off the line. Riyad Mahrez followed it up with a shot across goal which went out for a corner.

Pearson looked to shake things up for the Foxes as three minutes later Dyer and James came off the bench for Knockaert and in form Dean Hammond. Less than sixty seconds afterwards, Danny Drinkwater latched onto a ball from Riyad Mahrez and played it through to top-scorer David Nugent, who cooly dispatched the ball into the back of the net to put Leicester in front in front of the Kop.

As the foxes turned the corner it seemed that QPR had no answer to the Foxes and just as the Foxes were taking full grasp of the game Jeff Schlupp was forced off through injury and replaced by Liam Moore, before Benoit Assou-Ekotto was sent off by referee Scott Duncan for a second bookable offence.

West Ham United-loanee Ravel Morrison was brought on as a substitute with eight minutes to play, but Leicester finished the game strongly with Matty James firing wide after a smart layoff from Andy King, before Rob Green had to be alert to deny Riyad Mahrez with a save at his near post.

The final whistle confirmed Leicester’s 28th win of the season, taking them to 94 points and within touching distance of the Championship trophy with three games remaining

The result sees already promoted Leicester move onto 93 points with a possible 9 more from the 3 final games, knowing that if they win their next game, or Burnley lose theirs, the boys in blue side will return to the Premier League as Champions which is now all the talk of the City faithful. QPR however remain fourth in the league, and with seven teams below them still fighting for a play-off spot, they must move on from this game quickly in order to guarantee a place in the top six.

 

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
  • 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