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01 February 2021 Venue LCFC Training Ground Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Leicester City PL2
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Blackburn Rovers PL2

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Preview: Leicester City Under-23s v Rovers Under-23s

A look ahead to this evening's encounter against the Foxes as Rovers aim to go too

1 February 2021

Rovers Under-23s return to action this evening against Leicester City knowing that a win will move them to the top of the Premier League 2 Division 1 table.

Billy Barr's side earned a 4-0 win at Leyland when the sides last met back in September, with all the goals coming in the second half.

Connor McBride's brace arrived after Joe Grayson's opener, with Luke Brennan completing the rout in Lancashire.

Elliott Bennett may once again get a run-out having been an unused substitute in the first team's win over Luton Town.

Bennett featured during the first half in the Under-23s' draw with Manchester City a week ago, with Sam Burns scoring his first of the season in the 1-1 draw in Manchester.

Corry Evans could also get some valuable minutes under his belt following his recent return to fitness after spending the last couple of months on the sidelines.

However, Louie Annesley's sending off against Manchester City last time out means he will be suspended for this evening's game.

Having returned from his loan at CF Intercity, Stefan Mols could also feature, but Joe Hilton's move to Ross County on loan means that Antonis Stergiakis and Jordan Eastham will battle it out to be the last line of defence.

The Foxes have won once and lost once from their two games in 2021 so far and sit in 11th place in the table.

Their last game was a defeat at home to Everton, with ex-Rover Callum Wright scoring for the hosts in the 4-2 loss.

Kick-off at the Leicester training ground is at 7pm and you can track all the action across our social media channels.

Fans are reminded that there will be no access to the ground, with the game played behind closed doors at this time.

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Match Reports

Report: Leicester City Under-23s 1-3 Rovers Under-23s

The result on the road moves Rovers to the top of Premier League 2 Division 1

1 February 2021

Rovers moved to the top of Premier League 2 Division 1 following an impressive win at Leicester City.

Jack Vale bagged on the stroke of half time before further goals were added after a Leicester equaliser through substitute Joe Nolan and Bradley Dack.

The result means Rovers' unbeaten run is extended to four games, with Tottenham Hotspur the last team to defeat Billy Barr's charges at the beginning of December.

Barr included first team trio Bradley Dack, Elliott Bennett and Corry Evans in the starting XI as all three earned vital minutes under their belt against the Foxes.

With Louie Annesley missing out through suspension and Joe Grayson moving to Oxford United earlier in the day, Jake Garrett was drafted in to partner Sam Barnes at the heart of defence.

Knowing a win would send them top of the table, Rovers were let off after only three minutes when Callum Hulme fired wide when left unmarked.

At the other end, the returning Evans saw his attempt at goal held at the second time of asking by Jakub Stolarczyk in the home goal.

It was an open start to the game, with Hulme next to try his luck for the hosts, but Lenni Cirino did just about enough to put him off.

Bennett curled wide for Rovers after being teed up by Connor McBride before Kasey McAteer forced Jordan Eastham into action in a lively first half hour in the Eat Midlands.

Dack had three opportunities in quick succession before his pass set up the first goal of the night on the stroke of half time.

A fine move saw Isaac Whitehall feed Dack, and his pass was perfect for Vale to run onto, deceive Stolarczyk with his eyes and slot in at the near post.

Seconds later and the half time whistle went with Rovers deservedly in front against the Foxes.

The interval saw Evans replaced by Nolan, who would have an impact in the game later on.

The hosts came out of the traps the quickest for the beginning of the second half and got themselves level just five minutes after the break thanks to Reghba's smart finish.

Rovers went in search of a quick response and Luke Brennan clattered the base of the post after McBride set him up.

It felt like the goal was coming for Barr's boys, and it arrived through that man Nolan, who fired home after Dack twice saw shots blocked.

The third of the night came soon after, with Dack brilliantly curling into the corner of the net after Vale found him with five minutes left.

The result moves Rovers to the summit ahead of the test against Manchester United at Leigh Sports Village on Friday night, kick-off 7pm.

Leicester City Under-23s: Stolarczyk, Hulme (Marcel-Madivadua, 77), Flynn, Tavares, Godsmark-Ford, Clark, Reghba, McAteer, Wakeling, Suengchittawon (Arlott-John, 46), Fitzhugh (Pennant, 46).

Unused substitutes: Doherty, Yfeko.

Booked: Reghba, 67.

Rovers Under-23s: Eastham, Pike, Barnes, Garrett (Connolly, 69), Cirino, Evans (Nolan, 46), Bennett (Harlock, 76), Brennan, Dack, Vale, McBride.

Unused substitutes: Goddard, Gilsenan

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