Leicester City 4:0 Doncaster Rovers
City swept aside a doomed Doncaster Rovers at the King Power Stadium on Saturday…
A fairly dull opening half hour saw a couple of chances at each end with Nugent having a long ranger tipped over by Ikeme and Beckford’s effort blocked on the line by Diouf, while Coppinger and Barnes went close for Rovers.
But Rovers lost Piquionne to injury in the 20th minute, and El-Hadji Diouf at the break and rarely troubled City again.
City took a 33rd minute lead when Morgan’s ball forward was nodded down by Nugent for Drinkwater who converted in off the right hand post.
After Schmeichel saved from Coppinger late in the half Rovers looked a beaten side, with their small band of followers accepting their fate with good humour.
Two minutes into the second half it was game over as Peltier cut in from the right and, stumbling, hit a hopeful cross/shot towards the near post. Former City keeper Ikeme somehow allowed it to squirm between him and the post for a howling error.
Ikeme saved well from Dyer and Konchesky and then Gallagher and King were introduced for the final half hour.
Marshall then added another to his growing portfolio of blinding goals in the 78th minute, cutting into the area from the left before sending a measured 18 yarder into the top right hand corner.
Moments later he curled another effort onto the angle of post and bar.
But City managed a fourth in the 89th minute – the subs combining, King sending Gallagher through for an easy finish.
Although the maths refuses to give up, it is impossible to shrug off the feeling that it is all too late for City to reach the play-offs…
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, Bamba, Konchesky, Marshall, Wellens (King 61), Drinkwater, Dyer (Gallagher 61), Nugent, Beckford (Schlupp 81). Unused Subs: Howard, St Ledger.
Doncaster: Ikeme, Chimbonda, Beye, Lockwood, Ilunga, Gillett, Oster, Barnes (Robert 74), Coppinger, Piquionne (Brown 20), Diouf (Stock 46). Unused Subs: Friend, Bennett.
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Attendance: 22,054.