Blackburn Rovers 1-4 Leicester City: Leicester City clinch thrilling victory over Blackburn to reclaim championship summit
Posted : 01 October 2023
Leicester City regained the top spot in the Championship with a hard-fought victory over Blackburn. The game began with an early goal from Blackburn's Wout Faes, but Leicester quickly equalized when Sammie Szmodics capitalized on defensive errors. Jamie Vardy's brilliant goal put Leicester ahead, showcasing his exceptional skill.
In the second half, Blackburn had their chances, with goalkeeper Mads Hermansen making important saves. However, Leicester's counter-attacking prowess came to the forefront in the final 10 minutes. Kelechi Iheanacho converted a penalty after Hayden Carter fouled Jannik Vestergaard. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall added a fourth goal following a fast break initiated by Yunus Akgun.
The victory marked Leicester's eighth win in nine league matches, allowing them to capitalize on rivals Ipswich and Preston dropping points. They now hold a two-point lead at the top of the Championship table. Meanwhile, Blackburn suffered their third consecutive defeat, dropping to 18th place, just two points above the relegation zone.
The match was characterized by a frantic start, with Faes scoring an early goal. Szmodics had earlier missed a header but made amends after Leicester's defensive errors. Leicester's defense, typically the strongest in the division, momentarily faltered.
Blackburn manager Jon Dahl Tomasson expressed disappointment with the result, emphasizing that his team had caused problems for Leicester in the first half. He also questioned the penalty decision, believing it to be a soft call. The match featured injuries to both teams, with Rovers' keeper Aynsley Pears and Leicester's Kasey McAteer suffering setbacks in the second half.