Leicester 4 Doncaster 0: Easy win keeps Foxes on the march to play-offs
16:55 GMT, 7 April 2012
Leicester continued their pursuit of the play-offs with a comfortable win over a Doncaster side whose days in the npower Championship appear numbered.
Lee Peltier, Ben Marshall and substitute Paul Gallagher all scored in the second half, adding to the goal from Danny Drinkwater that gave the Foxes the half-time lead.
The three points saw Nigel Pearson's side climb three positions to ninth in the table, five points adrift of sixth-placed Cardiff with five matches remaining.
Awesome foursome: Paul Gallagher was last man on the scoresheet in the rout
LEICESTER: Schmeichel, Peltier, Konchesky, Bamba, Dyer (Gallagher 61), Drinkwater, Wellens (King 61), Beckford (Schlupp 81), Marshall, Morgan, Nugent. Subs Not Used: Howard, St Ledger.
Goals: Drinkwater 33, Peltier 47, Marshall 78, Gallagher 88.
DONCASTER: Ikeme, Diouf (Stock 46), Lockwood, Oster, Barnes (Robert 74), Gillett, Piquionne (Brown 20), Coppinger, Ilunga, Chimbonda, Beye. Subs Not Used: Friend, Bennett.
Ref: Roger East (Wiltshire).
A fifth defeat in six league games
leaves Doncaster bottom of the standings and seven points from safety.
There were chances at both ends early on.
Carl Ikeme helped a long-range effort
from David Nugent over the crossbar before Rovers responded through
James Coppinger and Giles Barnes, but neither managed to work Kasper
Schmeichel in the home goal.
Nugent threatened again before
Doncaster's plans were upset by an injury to Frederic Piquionne after 20
minutes. It looked like the on-loan striker suffered a calf problem and
he was replaced by Chris Brown.
Richie Wellens and Drinkwater headed chances over the bar before the latter opened the scoring in superb fashion.
Wellens' ball over the top was headed
into Drinkwater's path by Nugent and the former Manchester United
trainee hit a left-footed shot into the bottom corner from the edge of
Brown missed the target with a header
before Nugent worked Ikeme at the other end just before half-time. Soon
after the restart, disaster struck for Doncaster.
Peltier beat his man down the
right-hand side before sending a harmless-looking cross into the
six-yard box. But the ball squirmed through Ikeme's hands and into the
Herita Ilunga was next to send a header over as Doncaster tried to get a
goal back, but any hopes of a comeback were extinguished with 12 minutes
remaining when Marshall maintained his recent good form with another
goal of quality.
The winger cut inside from the left and arrowed a right-footed shot into the top corner, giving Ikeme no chance.
Nugent hit the crossbar with an
effort from the edge of the box after 83 minutes before Gallagher
completed the rout with two minutes left.
Gallagher, a 61st-minute replacement
for Lloyd Dyer, rounded off a nice passing move involving Marshall and
Andy King by finding the bottom left-hand corner from 18 yards out.