doncaster Rovers slumped nearer to relegation to League One when crashing 4-0 at Leicester after an encouraging first half display.
The odds of Rovers stopping the rot were stacked against them. It is nearly 100 years since they last triumphed at the Foxes.
A slack back pass from Oster almost put them in trouble in the first minute but Ikeme cleared it to safety.
Moments later, Dyer freed Nugent, who turned sharply before unleashing a rasping shot which was palmed over by Ikeme. From the resulting corner, Morgan’s goal-bound effort was hacked off the line by Diouf.
Peltier’s delightful centre found Beckford in the six-yard box but the former Everton and Leeds United striker had his volley superbly beaten out Ikeme.
However, Rovers, searching for a first double of the season, looked dangerous on the counter attack, with Coppinger drilling a fierce effort inches wide of the post.
Oster floated in a teasing ball which was flicked on by Piquionne only for the on-rushing Barnes to drag his volley wide when well-placed.
Rovers grew in confidence and it took a brave header from Peltier to stop Piquionne from getting on the end of Diouf’s corner.
Dyer raced past Chimbonda on the left, got to the byline and clipped in a lovely cross but Marshall blazed over.
Rovers suffered a major blow when Piquionne was taken off injured for the second match in succession. Chris Brown came on and came close to breaking the deadlock. Coppinger released the lanky hit-man but he steered his effort wide.
Out of nothing, the hosts went ahead just after the half hour mark when Nugent, having escaped the attentions of Chimbonda, cushioned down Morgan’s long diagonal ball into the path of DRINKWATER and the former Barnsley loanee’s left foot strike went in off the post.
Coppinger forced Schmeichel into a smart stop after weaving his way beyond Drinkwater.
Saunders brought on Stock just after the re-start for the talismanic Diouf, who sustained a knock in the latter stages of the first-half. In Rovers 4-5-1 formation, the Senegalese international had been stationed on the left wing, a position which Barnes took up to accommodate Stock in the middle.
Things went from bad to worse for Rovers after a goalkeeping howler from Ikeme enabled the hosts to double their advantage in the 47th minute. Marshall linked up neatly with PELTIER and the full-back’s cross-cum-short slipped underneath Ikeme’s body and into the back of the net.
Well on top and dominating possession, Leicester nearly stretched their lead four minutes later but Drinkwater’s shot was well parried by Ikeme.
Beckford and Dyer combined effectively and the latter went scampering through on goal before shooting and Ikeme, looking to make amends after his mistake, held on to the drive at the second attempt.
Rovers but they spurned a great opportunity to reduce their arrears when Brown glanced a header over inside the six-yard box after Lockwood had nodded on Barnes centre.
Saunders side lacked a cutting edge in the final third. Goals have been hard to come by ever since star striker Billy Sharp left in January.
Leicester hauled off Wellens and Dyer, and on came Andy King and Paul Gallagher.
It didn’t take long for the Scot to get involved in the action as he fed Nugent, the one-time England international, and he appeared to be brought down by Ikeme in the area but the referee waved play on. Chimbonda complained Nugent should have been booked for diving and, instead, was shown the yellow card himself for arguing over the decision.
The Foxes deservedly made it 3-0 when MARSHALL cut inside from the left and rifled home a sumptuous effort with 12 minutes left.
Marshall struck the crossbar in dying embers of the contest while Ikeme also did well to deny Beckford.
Brown somehow blazed wide after Oster had flashed a ball across the face of goal.
GALLAGHER coolly slotted home the fourth after waltzing his way through the heart of Rovers defence.