Leicester extend Championship lead

A review of Saturday's action in the Sky Bet Championship, as Leicester moved eight points clear at the top.

Last Updated: 25/01/14 at 17:53 Post Comment

Richie De Laet celebrates after scoring Leicester's second goal

Richie De Laet celebrates after scoring Leicester's second goal

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

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.

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.

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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