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Leicester   4 - 0   QPR

Leicester 4-0 QPR

Leicester 4-0 QPR

Leicester ended a run of four straight defeats with a win over struggling QPR that keeps them in the play-off places.

Leicester were ahead after five minutes when Steve Howard headed down a cross for Andy King to tap in from six yards.

Martin Waghorn made it 2-0, passing into an unguarded net from 30 yards after QPR keeper Carl Ikeme fluffed a kick straight to the on-loan striker.

Waghorn curled in a superb second from 25 yards just after the break and Howard headed in to complete the rout.

The Foxes' confident victory was in marked contrast to their previous four matches, all of which ended in defeat - and it ensured they preserved their play-off place, with seventh-placed Blackpool winning 2-0 at home to Doncaster on Monday.

Despite four successive draws offering hope that a corner had been turned at QPR, they remain in trouble only three points above the relegation zone and on the strength of this performance face a nervous end to their campaign.

However, despite the early setback of King's goal, QPR showed some fight and were not without their chances in the first half, with Lee Cook's goal-bound effort denied by a sliding block from Wayne Brown, home keeper Chris Weale saving a long-range Adel Taraabt shot and Hogan Ephraim sending an overhead kick over the bar.

They also had the ball in the net in the 35th minute when Jay Simpson deflected Mikele Leigertwood's 25-yard strike into the net, but the former Arsenal striker was ruled to be offside.

However, the second goal - resulting from a shocking miss-kick from Ikeme, which fell to Waghorn who found the empty net for his 10th goal of the season - was a decisive blow.

His second goal, and the home side's third, was simply magnificent as he picked up the ball 30 yards out and beat a man before curling in a dipping shot that struck the underside of the bar on its way into the goal.

Any hopes QPR had of gaining a foothold in the match evaporated when Simpson missed two good chances just before the hour, firstly snatching at a shot from 15 yards and putting it wide before seeing a close range effort saved by the legs of Weale.

Waghorn was twice denied his hat-trick in the space of the same move when his 25-yard free-kick struck the bar and then Ikeme tipped the midfielder's volley wide of goal.

But there was plenty of time left for the home side to add a fourth through Howard's well-placed header after the away side had been denied a consolation when Taraabt's shot struck a post.


Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:
"[Martyn] Waghorn's been a great loan signing. He's doing very well for us.

"It has been a good experience for him here and I know he's enjoying himself.

"But if I was Sunderland why would I want to sell him and there is a question mark against if we could afford him anyway."

QPR manager Neil Warnock:
"Believe it or not I'm disappointed we didn't win the game, which might sound a bit silly.

"But their first two goals were absolutely diabolical and showed the hard work we are going to have to put in.

"We don't have enough physical presence at the moment. I think if we had Steve Howard and Martyn Waghorn, we might have won the game."

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Monday, 5 April 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leicester 4-0 QPR FT
(HT 2-0)
  • King 5
  • Waghorn 45
  • Waghorn 50
  • Howard 78

    Leicester

    • 01 Weale
    • 04 Morrison
    • 06 Brown
    • 15 Berner
    • 25 Hobbs
    • 10 King
    • 19 Wellens (Adams 80)
    • 34 Spearing
    • 09 Howard
    • 18 Waghorn (Vaughan 80)
    • 24 Gallagher

    Substitutes

    • 13 Logan,
    • 02 Neilson,
    • 08 Oakley,
    • 16 Adams,
    • 17 N'Guessan,
    • 22 Kermorgant,
    • 27 Vaughan

    QPR

    • 22 Ikeme
    • 02 Ramage
    • 03 Stewart
    • 13 Gorkss
    • 20 Hill
    • 06 Leigertwood
    • 17 Cook (Buzsaky 55)
    • 18 Faurlin
    • 25 Ephraim yellow card
    • 39 Taarabt
    • 23 Simpson (Balanta 77)

    Substitutes

    • 24 Cerny,
    • 26 Tosic,
    • 28 Oastler,
    • 10 Buzsaky,
    • 08 Vine,
    • 19 Balanta,
    • 33 German
    Ref: KettleAtt: 22,079
    LEICESTER
    QPR

    Possession

    • Leicester 50%
    • QPR 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Leicester 7
    • QPR 7

    Attempts off target

    • Leicester 5
    • QPR 7

    Corners

    • Leicester 3
    • QPR 3

    Fouls

    • Leicester 11
    • QPR 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:03 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+1:22 Effort from inside the area by Mikele Leigertwood misses to the left of the target.
    • 90:00+1:00 The ball is sent over by Nicky Adams, Steve Howard takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.
    • 89:18 The ball is sent over by Mikele Leigertwood, clearance made by Jack Hobbs.
    • 88:20 Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Save made by Chris Weale.
    • 87:33 Adel Taarabt decides to take the corner short.
    • 87:04 Michael Morrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Hill. Matthew Hill takes the direct free kick.
    • 86:31 Shot from just outside the box by Mikele Leigertwood goes over the bar.
    • 85:01 James Vaughan crosses the ball, clearance by Peter Ramage.
    • 84:01 Matthew Hill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Howard. Paul Gallagher takes the free kick.
    • 81:59 Unfair challenge on Akos Buzsaky by Jay Spearing results in a free kick. Akos Buzsaky has an effort direct from the free kick, Nicky Adams gets a block in.
    • 81:31 The official flags James Vaughan offside. Carl Ikeme takes the free kick.
    • 79:38 Substitution James Vaughan on for Martyn Waghorn.
    • 79:38 Substitution Richie Wellens leaves the field to be replaced by Nicky Adams.
    • 77:24 Assist by Michael Morrison.
    • 77:24 GOAL - Steve HowardLeicester 4 - 0 QPR Steve Howard scores a headed goal from close range. Leicester 4-0 QPR.
    • 76:42 Substitution Angelo Balanta comes on in place of Jay Simpson.
    • 74:48 Adel Taarabt has an effort at goal from outside the box striking the post.
    • 73:33 Booking Hogan Ephraim booked.
    • 72:59 Foul by Hogan Ephraim on Paul Gallagher, free kick awarded. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
    • 70:27 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.
    • 66:35 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Martyn Waghorn, clearance by Matthew Hill. Inswinging corner taken by Martyn Waghorn from the right by-line, clearance made by Mikele Leigertwood.
    • 63:22 Alejandro Faurlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Morrison. Shot on goal comes in from Martyn Waghorn from the free kick, save made by Carl Ikeme.
    • 62:23 Richie Wellens fouled by Hogan Ephraim, the ref awards a free kick. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.
    • 61:51 Paul Gallagher decides to take the corner short.
    • 61:31 Martyn Waghorn takes a shot. Save made by Carl Ikeme.
    • 60:37 Foul by Kaspars Gorkss on Steve Howard, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Martyn Waghorn,
    • 60:24 The ball is crossed by Peter Ramage, save made by Chris Weale.
    • 57:03 Jay Simpson produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 56:26 Long distance shot from Akos Buzsaky misses to the left of the net.
    • 55:53 Foul by Andy King on Akos Buzsaky, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Hill.
    • 54:31 Substitution Akos Buzsaky replaces Lee Cook.
    • 54:31 The assistant referee flags for offside against Steve Howard. Carl Ikeme takes the indirect free kick.
    • 53:56 Effort from deep inside the area by Martyn Waghorn misses to the right of the target.
    • 52:23 The ball is swung over by Bruno Berner, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance.
    • 51:16 The official flags Jay Simpson offside. Chris Weale takes the indirect free kick.
    • Correction - 49:14 Assist by Richie Wellens.
    • 49:14 Assist on the goal came from Richie Wellens.
    • 49:14 GOAL - Martyn WaghornLeicester 3 - 0 QPR Martyn Waghorn gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Leicester 3-0 QPR.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:30 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 44:57 GOAL - Martyn WaghornLeicester 2 - 0 QPR Martyn Waghorn finds the back of net with a goal from long distance low into the middle of the goal. Leicester 2-0 QPR.
    • 44:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hogan Ephraim by Richie Wellens. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Adel Taarabt, clearance by Bruno Berner.
    • 43:40 The offside flag is raised against Martyn Waghorn. Carl Ikeme takes the indirect free kick.
    • 43:08 Lee Cook produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
    • 39:33 Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Chris Weale makes a save.
    • 37:58 Lee Cook takes a shot. Save made by Chris Weale.
    • 35:07 The offside flag is raised against Jay Simpson. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Weale.
    • 33:02 Foul by Paul Gallagher on Lee Cook, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Peter Ramage.
    • 32:31 Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Save made by Chris Weale.
    • 31:54 Foul by Alejandro Faurlin on Richie Wellens, free kick awarded. Chris Weale takes the direct free kick.
    • 29:42 Peter Ramage delivers the ball, Michael Morrison makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt from the left by-line to the near post, save by Chris Weale.
    • 29:24 Paul Gallagher challenges Peter Ramage unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alejandro Faurlin takes the direct free kick.
    • 28:04 Kaspars Gorkss challenges Martyn Waghorn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cross/shot by Martyn Waghorn.
    • 27:12 Paul Gallagher sends in a cross, clearance by Damion Stewart.
    • 25:58 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Weale.
    • 25:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Cook by Richie Wellens. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adel Taarabt from right channel, clearance by Michael Morrison.
    • 22:42 Martyn Waghorn produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 20:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bruno Berner on Lee Cook. Strike comes in from Lee Cook from the free kick.
    • 18:00 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Lee Cook, clearance by Bruno Berner.
    • 17:41 Jay Simpson takes a shot. Wayne Brown gets a block in.
    • 16:09 Lee Cook gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bruno Berner. Wayne Brown takes the direct free kick.
    • 14:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alejandro Faurlin on Andy King. Richie Wellens delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Steve Howard misses to the right of the target.
    • 13:52 Unfair challenge on Lee Cook by Jay Spearing results in a free kick. Carl Ikeme takes the direct free kick.
    • 11:12 The official flags Martyn Waghorn offside. Peter Ramage restarts play with the free kick.
    • 10:16 Foul by Martyn Waghorn on Lee Cook, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Lee Cook from right channel, Michael Morrison manages to make a clearance.
    • 8:06 Steve Howard challenges Mikele Leigertwood unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Lee Cook, save by Carl Ikeme.
    • 6:24 Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Chris Weale makes a save.
    • 4:47 Assist by Steve Howard.
    • 4:47 GOAL - Andy KingLeicester 1 - 0 QPR Andy King gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leicester 1-0 QPR.
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 5 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 41 48 89
    2 West Brom 42 38 83
    3 Nottm Forest 42 21 72
    4 Cardiff 42 19 69
    5 Swansea 42 4 65
    6 Leicester 42 9 64
    7 Blackpool 42 16 63
    8 Middlesbrough 42 11 58
    9 Bristol City 42 -8 56
    10 Sheff Utd 42 1 55
    11 Doncaster 42 1 55
    12 Reading 40 0 55
    13 Ipswich 42 -5 54
    14 Coventry 42 -12 52
    15 Barnsley 42 -13 52
    16 Derby 42 -11 51
    17 Preston 42 -12 50
    18 QPR 41 -9 48
    19 Scunthorpe 41 -23 47
    20 Crystal Palace 42 -1 46
    21 Watford 41 -11 45
    22 Sheff Wed 42 -18 45
    23 Plymouth 42 -18 41
    24 Peterborough 42 -27 31


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