Barnsley 0:3 Leicester City
City notched their third 3-0 win in a row at Barnsley on Tuesday night with a comprehensive victory thanks to two goals from Vardy and one from Drinkwater…
Nigel Pearson made no changes to the side that beat Charlton for this midweek trip to Yorkshire and they were the better side right from the beginning, Knockaert rattling the woodwork in the 3rd minute.
Mahrez then forced a good save Steele, before Cranie’s saving tackle thwarted Vardy who was in on goal.
The Tykes skipper injured himself in the challenge and was replaced by Yves-M’voto.
But nothing could prevent Vardy from putting City ahead in the 21st minute. Nugent sent him on a charge through the Barnsley defence capped with a fine finish that beat Steele from the edge of the area.
Otherwise Steele was having a fine game, saving two shots from Nugent and one from Mahrez to keep City pegged at 1-0 at the break, despite their dominance.
The one-way traffic continued in the second half and City went 2-0 up in the 58th minute.
A superb ball from Nugent sent Vardy in on the left and his short cross found Drinkwater three yards out who netted under the noses of the 3,500 travelling fans.
Four minutes later those City fans were celebrating again as Vardy’s pure pace saw him reach a Mahrez through ball before the onrushing Steele, before stroking home his second goal of the night and 15th of the season.
Wood and Taylor-Fletcher then replaced Nugent and Vardy as City continued to press forward against a beleaguered Barnsley.
Steele produced a fine reaction save from a point-blank Wood header to keep the scoreline at 3-0.
The City fans’ songs were all about promotion at the end of the night, and it is becoming difficult to envisage how that won’t happen after another display in which they looked to have outgrown this division at last.
Barnsley: Steele, Ramage (Nyatanga 53), Kennedy, Cranie (Yves-M’voto 12), Hunt, Dawson, Mellis, Woods, McCourt (Proschwitz 46), Jennings, O’Grady. Subs Not Used: Turner, Lawrence, Cywka, Noble-Lazarus.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Konchesky, Knockaert (Hammond 77), James, Drinkwater, Mahrez, Vardy (Taylor-Fletcher 67), Nugent (Wood 65). Subs Not Used: Logan, King, Moore, Phillips.
Referee: M Heywood. Attendance: 12,539.
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