The only shock at Leicester’s King Power Stadium was that Blackburn Rovers didn’t score more goals.
Under the astute management of former Denmark international Jon Dahl Tomasson, Blackburn are building real momentum and strolling into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2015 after taking full advantage of Leicester’s dreadful performance.
Winners of the competition two years ago, Leicester were poor and the Championship side were often torn apart, with Brendan Rodgers and his players subject to jumpers at the end of both halves.
To cap a miserable afternoon for Leicester, they will be without Youri Tielemans for up to six weeks after the midfielder suffered ankle ligament damage in last Saturday’s home defeat to Arsenal.
This superb display extended Blackburn’s unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions and had the traveling supporters talking of trips to Wembley long before the final whistle.
Fourth in the Championship, Blackburn have produced some exciting attacking football this season under Tomasson, who was appointed in June last year, and this was another result to add to his reputation.
Tyrhys Dolan and the excellent Sammie Szmodics were the goal scorers, but it is no exaggeration to say that Blackburn could have scored at least four.
James Maddison not being left out, this Leicester squad seems to be coming to the end of a natural cycle and they need a lot of rebuilding in the summer.
With eight players set to leave and their contracts expiring, Rodgers will get the “shake-up” he is looking for, although he continues to come under scrutiny from some supporters.
Rodgers celebrated his fourth year in charge on Sunday and this has been true behind the scenes for long periods. At times, they were a shambles defensively.
Although Blackburn goalkeeper Aynsley Pears produced fine double saves from Tete and Dennis Praet early in the contest, the visitors always looked dangerous.
Their best player in the first half was Dolan, who was a constant threat with his pace and direct running down the right wing.
Dolan had already been denied by Leicester goalkeeper Daniel Iversen before Blackburn took the lead in the 33rd minute with a shot from outside the area, after capitalizing on Daniel Amartey’s poor pass.
Blackburn extended their lead seven minutes into the second half. It was terrible defending from Leicester again as they allowed the Szmodics to attack the area and slip past Iversen.
The visitors had another chance to score as Leicester’s backline continued to crack under pressure, but the home side finally responded 22 minutes from time.
Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho gave them hope with a close-range finish from Harvey Barnes’ cross.
At least Iheanacho improved Leicester and Amartey nodded against the post in injury time, but they couldn’t put a penalty in the game.
With promotion to the Premier League still in Blackburn’s sights, this campaign could be pretty much over.