Leicester extend Championship lead

  • Last Updated: January 25 2014, 17:53 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the Sky Bet Championship.

Richie De Laet celebrates after scoring Leicester's second goal
Richie De Laet celebrates after scoring Leicester's second goal

Second-half goals from Jamie Vardy and Ritchie De Laet gave Leicester a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester's seventh win in a row - the first time they have put together such a run since 1993 - gave them an eight-point lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table.

Team Score Team
Leicester 2 - 0 Middlesbro
Ipswich 2 - 0 Reading
Blackpool 1 - 1 Doncaster
Blackburn 1 - 1 Derby

Vardy scored his 10th goal of the season with a close range finish in the 52nd minute and De Laet netted with a far-post header in the 73rd minute. In between times, Shay Given saved a David Nugent penalty.

Ipswich got their play-off charge back on track with two second-half goals to beat in-form Reading 2-0 at Portman Road.

Position Player Score
1 Leicester 60
2 QPR 52
3 Burnley 51
4 Derby 48
5 N Forest 44
6 Reading 41
7 Ipswich 39
8 Brighton 39
9 Blackburn 38
10 Middlesbro' 36
11 Wigan 36
12 Leeds 35
13 Huddersfld 34
14 Blackpool 33
15 Watford 31
16 Bournemth 31
17 Birmingham 29
18 Bolton 28
19 Sheff Wed 26
20 Doncaster 25
21 Millwall 25
22 Charlton 24
23 Yeovil 20
24 Barnsley 20

Daryl Murphy's clinical shot off the underside of the bar broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute before substitute Paul Anderson capped a fine cameo display with a decisive second in injury time.

It was no more than Ipswich deserved after dominating the second half against a Reading side fresh from beating Bolton 7-1 last week.

Patrick Bamford scored for the second successive game as Derby grabbed a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Blackburn.

The home side went ahead shortly after half-time through Rudy Gestede's third goal in his last four matches but Derby's on-loan Chelsea star rewarded his side's attacking endeavour with a superb curling shot seven minutes from time.

It means the Rams are now two unbeaten after losing three previously in all competitions, while Rovers have gone two games without a win but showed enough character to suggest they will be well in the play-off mix at the end of the season.

Billy Sharp's late goal denied Barry Ferguson a first win in caretaker charge of Blackpool as they drew 1-1 with Doncaster Rovers.

Andy Halliday looked to have given the home side a first win in nine games with his debut strike on 78 minutes, but Sharp popped up with a late header to salvage a draw for Rovers.


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