LEICESTER CRUISED to victory at the King Power Stadium as they brushed aside a lacklusture Watford side in the first half.
Goals from Jermaine Beckford and David Nugent handed Sven Goran Eriksson`s side the win inside the first 35 minutes.
Following Saturday’s disappointment at home to Crystal Palace, Sean Dyche made three changes to the side with one of those forced.
The injured Martin Taylor dropped out for David Mirfin whilst Troy Deeney and Chris Iwelumo came in for Craig Forsyth and the benched Marvin Sordell.
Leicester took the lead with the game`s first real chance. Paul Konchesky was allowed to bomb on from left-back before slipping in Nugent who controlled well before coolly slipping past Scott Loach.
Ten minutes before half-time Beckford doubled the Foxes lead planting a header past Loach following Yuki Abe`s right-wing cross. A first strike in Leicester colours for the former Everton forward.
The closest thing to resembling a Watford chance came when Iwelumo saw a header blocked following a corner.
John Eustace`s lobbed header onto the roof of the net was as close as the Hornet`s came after half-time, though Deeney was unlucky to see Lee Peltier intercept an inch-perfect through-ball into him shortly after.
Iwelumo saw a good chance wasted when he ballooned wide when well-placed with 20 minutes to go.
Watford continued their improved second-half showing when a corner was only half-cleared as far as Jonathan Hogg who saw his thumping volley well saved by Kasper Schmeichel.
Leicester City: Schmeichel; Peltier, Bamba, St. Ledger, Konchesky; King , Johnson, Wellens, Abe (Fernandes); Beckford (Vassell) & Nugent.
Subs: Pantsil, Dyer & Weale (GK).
Watford: Loach; Doyley, Mariappa, Mirfin, Dickinson; Deeney, Eustace (c), Hogg, Kightly (Buaben); Iwelumo (Yeates) & Garner (Sordell).
Subs: Gilmartin (GK) & Bennett.
Referee: Mr C Sarginson.