Alan Dunne’s late winner gave Millwall all three points at the King Power Stadium this evening and continued Leicester City’s nightmarish run of form.
Wes Morgan was shown a red card after just three minutes for bringing down Andy Keogh who appeared to be in on goal, but the Foxes showed character in the second-half and came close when Chris Wood’s deflected header was tipped onto the post by Millwall goalkeeper David Ford.
It looked that a stalemate would be on the cards until Alan Dunne slotted home Richard Chaplow’s low pass from twelve yards with three minutes remaining to give Kenny Jackett’s side a crucial win.
Leicester, now without a win in six league games, are in the play-off places on goal difference alone with fellow promotion contenders Nottingham Forest and Brighton squaring off tomorrow.
The Foxes got off to the worst possible start when Wes Morgan was adjudged to have brought down Andy Keogh after three minutes by referee Stuart Atwell, who instantly brandished a red card for the foul by the Leicester captain.
Kasper Schmeichel did well to save Shane Lowry’s subsequent free-kick while Leicester reshuffled their defensive personnel, with Paul Konchesky moving to centre-back and Jeff Schlupp dropping in at left full-back.
Adam Smith then tested Schmeichel with a long-range effort, while David Nugent was quick to capitalise on a mistake by Danny Shittu at the other end before the danger was quickly thwarted by the Millwall backline.
Jermaine Easter then saw his powerful effort well-saved by Schmeichel as Millwall looked to capitalise on their numerical advantage, and the visitors could have taken the lead midway through the first-half when Paul Konchesky gave the ball away needlessly to Rob Hulse in a precarious position, and it was only thanks to the feet of Schmeichel that the score remained level going into the break.
Leicester were much more positive from set pieces in the second-half with Ritchie De Laet heading over from a corner and Michael Keane latching on to an Anthony Knockaert free-kick at the back post, only for the ball to be cleared by the Millwall defence.
The hosts upped the tempo and increased the pressure and came close to taking the lead midway through the second half when Chris Wood’s header inside the Millwall penalty area took a wicked deflection off Liam Trotter, but David Forde did just enough to scramble the ball onto the post and away for a corner kick.
It seemed as though a draw would be a fair reflection of the game until the 87th minute when Leicester failed to clear their lines by the right corner flag, and Richard Chaplow’s cutback found Alan Dunne unmarked inside the Foxes’ penalty area, who coolly slotted the ball into the far corner.
It was the full-back’s first goal in three years and a cruel one for the home side to concede after defending admirably with ten men for over eighty minutes.
The final whistle blew after five minutes of added time and was met with a chorus of boos by the home crowd, as Leicester’s promotion hopes continue to diminish.
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