Leicester maintained their four-point lead at the top of the Championship after beating managerless Millwall.

Anthony Knockaert opened the scoring with a low strike.

Despite chances for Millwall pressure Nugent headed in from close range to extend Leicester's advantage.

Richard Chaplow grabbed a goal back for Millwall but Jeffrey Schlupp added another goal in injury time as Leicester recorded their fourth consecutive win to stay above Burnley.

After Sheffield Wednesday's win over Blackpool, Millwall are now only a point above the relegation zone and have lost four of their last five matches.

Fan controversy at The Den

  • A fan, dressed in what appeared to be the same style tracksuit as the Millwall coaching staff, grabbed the flag off the assistant referee and left it looking like "a broken umbrella".

The Foxes have won 12 of 14 games when scoring first, and once more highlighted deficiencies in the Championship's worst defence when Knockaert retrieved the loose ball in the centre of Millwall's half, and drove untroubled at the Lions defence to fire in a low shot.

But, that chance aside, Millwall were the team in charge.

Kasper Schmeichel twice punched away well-struck shots, first from Nicky Bailey then Chaplow and also saved Scott McDonald's effort.

But all Millwall's work was undone by another early goal in the second half - this time within three minutes.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher provided the assist, running onto Lloyd Dyer's pass and luring David Forde wide of his goal, before setting up Nugent for the easiest of his season's 12 league goals - an unmissable, one-yard header.

Millwall were again on the front foot when they grabbed a first goal in four games.

McDonald created the opportunity bustling through the left channel and forcing a reactionary save from Schmeichel. However, Chaplow just reached the loose ball first and slammed home his first Millwall goal.

Substitute Jermaine Easter had one glorious opportunity to vindicate his introduction, but fired his shot several rows into the stand.

And with Millwall committing men forward in search of an equaliser, substitute Schlupp then burst through and slid his shot under Forde to seal the win.

Millwall caretaker boss Neil Harris:

"I'm disappointed for my players, I thought they were fantastic from the first minute to the last. Everything that was asked of them they have done, I thought we were better than the best team in the league.

"I thought [the referee] got two decisions wrong for two goals, looking back now, there are clearly two fouls.

"Myself and [academy director] Scott [Fitzgerald] will keep going until we are told otherwise and the board find the right man. The biggest thing for me is that I want the players to play with a bit of freedom and show what good players they are."

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson:

"The important thing is we try and build on the first half of the season and if you're going to have any success you've got to win in different ways. We've had good wins recently in a footballing sense, but the conditions today meant we couldn't do so much passing.

"There were a lot of mistakes, but the players showed a lot of strength. From our perspective it was good to show we can win a physical game, we made heavy weather of it in the second half but that was as much down to Millwall's approach.

"It's certainly better to be at the top than not, but it's always going to be tight. It's a tough ask to be consistently good, we found that out last year when we had an awful run through February and March, which probably cost us promotion."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Millwall

  • 01 Forde Booked
  • 02 Dunne Booked
  • 28 Malone (Smith - 64' )
  • 26 Abdou (Easter - 74' )
  • 16 Beevers
  • 12 Lowry
  • 18 Chaplow
  • 10 Bailey
  • 27 McDonald Booked
  • 09 Morison
  • 11 Woolford (Martin - 54' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Shittu
  • 04 Wright
  • 08 Easter
  • 13 Martin
  • 21 Smith
  • 41 Pavey
  • 43 Bywater

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 18 Moore
  • 23 Miquel
  • 07 Hammond Booked
  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 05 Morgan
  • 24 Knockaert
  • 10 King
  • 35 Nugent (Drinkwater - 80' )
  • 22 Taylor-Fletcher Booked (Schlupp - 73' )
  • 11 Dyer (de Laet - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 02 de Laet
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 08 James
  • 14 Waghorn
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 25 Logan
Ref: Tim Robinson
Att: 10,014

Match Stats

Shots

14 12

On target

6 4

Corners

4 1

Fouls

11 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Millwall 1, Leicester City 3.

90:00 +6:35 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Leicester City 3.

90:00 +6:15

Attempt missed. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

90:00 +5:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +5:10

Delay in match Shane Lowry (Millwall) because of an injury.

90:00 +4:46

Foul by Shane Lowry (Millwall).

90:00 +4:46

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +4:13

Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).

90:00 +4:13

Dean Hammond (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Millwall 1, Leicester City 3. Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a through ball following a fast break.

89:31

Attempt missed. Richard Chaplow (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nicky Bailey.

89:12

Scott McDonald (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:12

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

87:00

Attempt missed. Scott McDonald (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Steve Morison with a headed pass.

83:21

Attempt missed. Jermaine Easter (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Steve Morison with a headed pass.

82:33

Foul by Nicky Bailey (Millwall).

82:33

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:59

Richard Chaplow (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:59

Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).

79:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Daniel Drinkwater replaces David Nugent.

76:53

Foul by Lee Martin (Millwall).

76:53

Dean Hammond (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:44 Booking

Booking Alan Dunne (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:18

Foul by Alan Dunne (Millwall).

75:18

Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:55

Nicky Bailey (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:55

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City).

73:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Millwall. Jermaine Easter replaces Nadjim Abdou.

72:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

72:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

71:13

Delay in match Ignasi Miquel (Leicester City) because of an injury.

69:47

Shane Lowry (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:47

Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City).

68:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

67:08

Delay in match Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) because of an injury.

66:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Millwall 1, Leicester City 2. Richard Chaplow (Millwall) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

66:33

Attempt saved. Scott McDonald (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Martin with a cross.

65:04

Attempt saved. Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

63:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Millwall. Jack Smith replaces Scott Malone.

63:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

62:38

Delay in match Scott Malone (Millwall) because of an injury.

62:14

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

61:55

Attempt blocked. Alan Dunne (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

59:37

Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58:01

Alan Dunne (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:01

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

56:54

Mark Beevers (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:54

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

54:41

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

54:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Ritchie de Laet replaces Lloyd Dyer.

53:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Millwall. Lee Martin replaces Martyn Woolford.

53:00

Delay in match (Millwall).

50:26

Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:26

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

48:17

Alan Dunne (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:17

Foul by Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City).

46:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Millwall 0, Leicester City 2. David Nugent (Leicester City) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary Taylor-Fletcher with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Millwall 0, Leicester City 1.

45:00 +3:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Millwall 0, Leicester City 1.

45:00 +2:18

Attempt missed. Scott McDonald (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

45:00 +0:47

Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Nugent.

41:35 Booking

Booking Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:20

Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:20

Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City).

36:46

Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

36:02

Foul by Nicky Bailey (Millwall).

36:02

Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:38

Martyn Woolford (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:38

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

33:00

Attempt missed. Scott McDonald (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Steve Morison with a headed pass.

32:38

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

31:03

Scott Malone (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:03

Foul by Liam Moore (Leicester City).

29:41

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

29:07

Delay in match Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) because of an injury.

28:40 Booking

Booking Dean Hammond (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

28:30

Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:30

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

27:00

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

26:57

Attempt saved. Scott McDonald (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Martyn Woolford.

24:48

Attempt missed. Steve Morison (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Martyn Woolford with a cross.

24:17

Attempt blocked. Scott Malone (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott McDonald.

22:57

Offside, Millwall. Nadjim Abdou tries a through ball, but Scott McDonald is caught offside.

19:18

Shane Lowry (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:18

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

18:37

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Steve Morison.

18:07

Foul by Scott Malone (Millwall).

18:07

Liam Moore (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:38

Offside, Millwall. Nicky Bailey tries a through ball, but Steve Morison is caught offside.

16:50

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

16:29

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

16:24

Attempt saved. Steve Morison (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

14:34 Booking

Booking Scott McDonald (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

14:20

Foul by Scott McDonald (Millwall).

14:20

Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:11

Foul by Martyn Woolford (Millwall).

12:11

Liam Moore (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:34

Offside, Leicester City. Ignasi Miquel tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

10:22

Offside, Leicester City. Dean Hammond tries a through ball, but Lloyd Dyer is caught offside.

8:58

Attempt missed. Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

8:54

Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy King.

7:17

Attempt saved. Richard Chaplow (Millwall) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top right corner.

6:38

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Liam Moore.

6:09

Martyn Woolford (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:09

Foul by Liam Moore (Leicester City).

5:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Millwall 0, Leicester City 1. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

3:09

Foul by Martyn Woolford (Millwall).

3:09

Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:34

Attempt saved. Nicky Bailey (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:22

Foul by Scott Malone (Millwall).

0:22

Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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