Leicester City 3:1 Blackpool
Although City went behind against Blackpool a rousing second half comeback ensured a 3-1 victory which sees them 17 points clear of third place…
An unchanged City side took the game to the visitors in the usual fashion, but suffered a frustrating second half.
James had an effort blocked, while Knockaert and Nugent both narrowly missed the target.
Vardy then had a goal chalked off for offside, and then found the side-netting with many supporters thinking the ball was in the net.
Incredibly, given the run of play, it was the other goal that was breached in the 41st minute.
A Robinson long throw-in from the left found its way through to Goodwillie well placed to prod the ball home from 5 yards.
City pressed forward again right from the start of the second half, but were almost caught out again by a speculative Goodwillie effort.
The breakthrough finally came on the hour with a moment of magic from Mahrez. Collecting theball out on the right he cleverly cut in before arrowing a deadly left footer past Gilks.
Gilks then saved well from a Nugent header, before Taylor-Fletcher – on for Vardy – sent his effort inches wide.
City took the lead in the 82nd minute with more Mahrez magic. Tight to the touchline on the left he lofted a cross for Morgan to head home at the far post – the City skipper’s first goal of the season.
Three minutes later City hit a third when substitute Phillips gathered a loose ball before neatly firing it into the roof of the net.
On a day when the run of the ball, and more than a few refereeing decisions had gone against City, they had simply kept at it and their quality told in the end.
Another stride towards promotion… in front of a large crowd.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, James, Vardy (Taylor-Fletcher 70), Schlupp, Knockaert (Hammond 89), Mahrez, Wasilewski, Nugent (Phillips 79). Subs Not Used: King, Moore, Logan, Wood.
Blackpool: Gilks, McMahon, Robinson, Perkins, MacKenzie, Broadfoot, Bishop (Dobbie 76), Halliday (Osbourne 68), Basham, Cathcart, Goodwillie (Fuller 64). Subs Not Used: Davies, Haroun, Keogh, Angel.
Referee: N Miller. Attendance: 27,669.