Leicester City 3:0 Ipswich Town
City underlined their promotion credentials with a routine 3-0 win over Ipswich at the KPS on Saturday…
City had one change from the Forest game as Schlupp replaced the suspended Konchesky, and they went for it right from the start with the pace of Dyer and Vardy causing problems for Ipswich.
Morgan tested Gerken with a header but then, against the run of play, Skuse robbed James before firing in a shot that went narrowly wide.
But City didn’t have to wait long for the lead, which came in the 19th minute when Vardy seized on a sloppy Tabb backpass, rounded Gerken, and netted from a seemingly impossible angle.
Ten minutes later it was 2-0 as Nugent took his tally against Ipswich to 14 in 13 games.
A good run and cross from De Laet on the right was blocked by Berra. As the visitors’ defence appeared to relax for a second, De Laet instantly squared the rebound across the six yard area for Nugent to tap in his 50th City goal.
Even at this stage it seemed to be a case of how many City could add to the scoreline as Knockaert went close with a free-kick and Wasilewski landed a header on the roof of the net.
The second half saw a more subdued performance from City, but Ipswich couldn’t make any headway and the ceaseless running of Vardy never let their defence relax.
In a rare chance Schmeichel saved well from a well-struck Murphy shot.
Nigel Pearson then brought Mahrez on for Dyer, and then Wood on for Vardy, who left the field to a standing ovation from the larger than average crowd.
And it was Wood who got the goal he sorely needed with two minutes remaining, powering through the Ipswich defence after being nicely teed up by James.
Without ever really hitting fifth gear City had seen off Ipswich in a routine manner that boded well for their promotion prospects.
Leicester: Schmiechel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, James, Vardy (Wood 70), Dyer Mahrez 65), Schlupp, Knockaert, Wasilewski, Nugent (Phillips 83). Subs Not Used: Hammond, King, Moore, Logan.
Ipswich: Gerken, Cresswell, Chambers, Smith, Murphy, Hunt (Taylor 75), Green, Tabb (Anderson 61), Nouble (Ebanks-Blake 66). Subs Not Used: Loach, Wordsworth, Mings, Richardson.
Referee: J Linington. Attendance: 28,078.
All photos: Simon Kimber
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