Leicester take derby honours

Leicester eased their Championship drop worries and ended Derby's three-match winning run as they claimed a 2-0 win in the East Midlands derby.

Last Updated: 13/11/10 at 17:38

King: Scored first

King: Scored first

The Foxes could have slipped into the bottom three with a defeat but they extended their unbeaten run to four games thanks to strikes in either half from Andy King and Steven Howard.

Darius Vassell had a goal disallowed before King broke the deadlock with a calm finish after he had ran on to Richie Wellens' pass.

Derby had opportunities to equalise though, with Paul Green particularly culpable as his unmarked header missed the target.

Howard wrapped up the points when he netted from the penalty spot after Kyle Naughton was fouled by Kris Commons in the area.

The result sees Leicester move five points clear of the relegation zone whilst promotion-chasing Derby slipped eight points behind second-placed QPR.

Following a tentative opening, Vassell thought he had scored his first goal for Leicester when he latched on to Greg Cunningham's long-range pass and finished past Frank Fielding, however, the former England international was flagged offside.

The Foxes did take a deserved lead in the 13th minute though thanks to King.

The midfielder latched on to Richie Wellens' through ball and expertly placed the ball past Fielding to register his seventh goal of the season.

Leicester were making a mockery of their league position and Howard nearly put them two goals to the good immediately after but he headed over from Naughton's cross.

Derby though were unbeaten in six matches against Sven-Goran Eriksson's men and Commons was a menace to the Leicester defence, however, he was unable to trouble Chris Weale with his two long-range efforts.

Howard had two further chances to extend Leicester's lead after the interval but he missed the target on both occasions.

The former Derby man headed over from Vassell's cross and although his 20-yard strike look destined for the net, it missed the post by a matter of inches.

The veteran striker should have been made to rue his misses as Paul Green spurned a glorious chance to grab a leveller for the Rams.

Moore's left-wing cross found the midfielder at the back post but Green, who was given acres of space, headed wide.

Lloyd Dyer replaced Vassell in the 64th minute and his introduction caused no end of problems for Nigel Clough's men.

The substitute shook off the challenges of several Rams defenders and unleashed a shot from just inside the area which produced a magnificent save from Fielding.

Wellens and Dyer linked up to release Naughton on the right channel and just as the defender had brought the ball into the box, he was brought down by Commons.

Referee Steve Tanner had no hesitation in awarding a penalty and Howard grabbed the goal his performance deserved by coolly slotting home.

Paul Gallagher nearly added to the Foxes euphoria in injury-time, however, his strike from 12 yards was well saved by Fielding.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
19:45
Charlton 1-2 Barnsley Report
Monday, 14 April 2014
20:07
Reading 1-1 Leicester Report
Saturday, 12 April 2014
15:07
Bolton 1-0 Barnsley Report
Brighton 3-0 Charlton Report
Burnley 0-1 Middlesbro' Report
Derby 3-1 Huddersfld Report
Ipswich 2-1 Doncaster Report
Leeds 2-0 Blackpool Report
Millwall 2-2 Watford Report
Sheff Wed 3-3 Blackburn Report

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

Footer 365

Contract news: Tim Howard has been handed an extension to his Everton contract

Tim Howard will be staying with Everton until at least 2018 after agreeing a two-year extension to his contract.

Neymar and Jordi Alba will miss the bulk of the remainder of the season

Barcelona forward Neymar has been ruled out for up to a month due to a left foot injury.

Transfer news: Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino warns off Luke Shaw suitors

Mauricio Pochettino says in-demand defender Luke Shaw will be staying at Southampton.

Mail Box

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

City: Bottle Jobs, A Laughing Stock...

There are some harsh words for Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini in the Mailbox this morning, as well as some rather nicer ones for Tony Pulis and his magic hat...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property