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Millwall 1-3 Leicester City

Anthony Knockaert

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.

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.

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Post-match: Leicester boss Pearson

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."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1FordeBooked at 6mins
  • 2DunneBooked at 76mins
  • 28MaloneSubstituted forSmithat 64'minutes
  • 26AbdouSubstituted forEasterat 74'minutes
  • 16Beevers
  • 12Lowry
  • 18Chaplow
  • 10Bailey
  • 27McDonaldBooked at 15mins
  • 9Morison
  • 11WoolfordSubstituted forL Martinat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Shittu
  • 4Wright
  • 8Easter
  • 13L Martin
  • 21Smith
  • 41Pavey
  • 43Bywater

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 18Moore
  • 23Miquel
  • 7HammondBooked at 29mins
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 5Morgan
  • 24Knockaert
  • 10King
  • 35NugentSubstituted forDrinkwaterat 80'minutes
  • 22Taylor-FletcherBooked at 42minsSubstituted forSchluppat 73'minutes
  • 11DyerSubstituted forde Laetat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2de Laet
  • 3Konchesky
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 8James
  • 14Waghorn
  • 15Schlupp
  • 25Logan
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
10,014

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 1, Leicester City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Leicester City 3.

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.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Foul by Shane Lowry (Millwall).

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

Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).

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

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.

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

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

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

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.

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

Foul by Nicky Bailey (Millwall).

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

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

Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Daniel Drinkwater replaces David Nugent.

Foul by Lee Martin (Millwall).

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

Booking

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

Foul by Alan Dunne (Millwall).

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

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

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Jermaine Easter replaces Nadjim Abdou.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

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

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

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

Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Goal!

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

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.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Jack Smith replaces Scott Malone.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester2416351651
2Burnley2413831847
3QPR2413741246
4Derby2413561844
5Nottm Forest24101041040
6Ipswich24996936
7Brighton24996736
8Leeds241059735
9Reading24987235
10Blackburn24978234
11Wigan23968233
12Blackpool24888-432
13Huddersfield24879431
14Watford23797630
15Middlesbrough24798530
16Bournemouth248610-1030
17Birmingham24789129
18Bolton24699-527
19Charlton245910-824
20Sheff Wed234109-722
21Millwall245712-2322
22Doncaster245613-2321
23Yeovil234514-1817
24Barnsley243813-2117
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