Leicester City lifted the Sky Bet Championship title on Saturday afternoon after David Nugent’s 20th goal of the season gave them an impressive victory over Doncaster Rovers at King Power Stadium.
The result was City’s 31st win of the campaign and was courtesy of Nugent’s second half penalty, which ultimately saw Doncaster relegated to League 1 after Birmingham’s late equaliser at Bolton.
Riyad Mahrez, who had threatened all afternoon, was tripped inside the area, giving Nugent the chance he needed to take his league tally to 20 goals for the first time in his career thanks to his 10th spot kick of the season.
It also took the Foxes’ points total for the campaign to a Club record 102 points – nine clear of their nearest rivals Burnley in second place.
In front of a sell-out home crowd, Leicester started well and dominated possession in the early stages, carving out the first clear-cut chance of the match with 24 minutes gone.
City midfielder Mahrez cut inside and looked to curl in a left footed strike, but his effort was well wide of the Doncaster goal.
With Leicester playing their way into the game, the Foxes had a golden chance to take the lead with 27 minutes on the clock, when David Nugent broke free in the Doncaster half with only ‘keeper Sam Johnstone to beat.
But the advancing Johnstone was quick to deny the City striker, saving low to his right to thwart the danger and prevent Leicester taking a first half lead.
Doncaster struggled to breakthrough a resilient Foxes defence, but with 34 minutes gone they created their best chance of the half.
The ball fell to James Coppinger after a free-flowing counter-attack, but the Doncaster midfielder was denied a shot on goal by a fine clearance from City full-back Ritchie De Laet.
As the game quickly came to life, Leicester came close when De Laet towered above the Doncaster defence to meet Mahrez’s fine delivery, but his powerful header was inches over the Rovers crossbar.
City continued to look lively and nearly cut through the Doncaster defence with 42 minutes gone. Lloyd Dyer slipped in a neat pass for Andy King, but the Leicester midfielder’s cross was well blocked by Rovers defender Paul Quinn.
Leicester started the second half brightly and came close when Danny Drinkwater fired a powerful strike towards goal with 62 minutes on the clock, but the City midfielder’s effort flew over the Doncaster goal.
The Foxes continued to bombard the Doncaster defence and had a fine chance to break the deadlock when substitute Anthony Knockaert played in Nugent with 69 minutes gone.
The City frontman broke forward into the penalty box and fired a powerful strike at goal, but Johnstone was equal to it, producing a fine save-diving low to deny Nugent an opener.
It was all Leicester in the second half and the Foxes were finally rewarded when Nugent fired in from the penalty spot with 74 minutes on the clock.
The lively Mahrez weaved his way through the Doncaster defence and was too quick for Rovers centre-back James Husband, who tripped the tricky Frenchman and Nugent smashed home from the spot for his 20th league goal of the season.
Doncaster could have levelled just a minute later, however, when the ball fell kindly Paul Keegan on the edge of the 18-yard box, but the Rovers midfielder fired over and the Foxes cleared their lines.
With Rovers throwing everything forward in the latter stages, they could have equalised in stoppage time, when striker Chris Brown turned in the box, but centre-back Marcin Wasilewski did well to block and City cleared their lines.
City were looking dangerous on the counter-attack and could have doubled their lead in stoppage time when Knockaert broke with pace and picked out Mahrez on the right, but the City winger’s powerful strike was just over the crossbar.
The result marks the end of a remarkable record-breaking campaign that has seen Leicester become only the 11th Football League club to break the 100-point mark for a single season.
CITY: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan (c), Wasilewski, Konchesky, Mahrez, King (Hammond, 81), Drinkwater, Dyer (Taylor-Fletcher, 75), Nugent, Phillips (Knockaert, 65)
SUBS NOT USED: Schlupp, Moore, Logan, Wood
GOAL: Nugent 75
DONCASTER ROVERS: Johnstone, Quinn, Husband, (Stevens, 81) Furman (Forrester, 81), Brown, Cotterill, Tamas, Keegan (c), Meite, Coppinger, Neil (Sharp, 81)
SUBS NOT USED: Turnbull, McCombe, Val
REFEREE: Paul Tierney