Leicester City 0:3 Millwall
City suffered a shocking 3-0 defeat at the hands of Millwall at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon…
Many City fans had been expecting to see the home win that would propel Sven Goran Eriksson’s City in to the play-off frame for the first time, but they were well beaten by a Millwall side with a previously poor away record.
City, unchanged from the win against Watford, made all the early running but couldn’t find a way through the Lions’ defence.
St Ledger had a header cleared off the line and Abe sent a shot inches wide, but the game soon settled into a dull stalemate with little incident.
It was broken in the 36th minute, when Bamba was harshly judged to have tripped Howard in the box. Although Schmeichel got a hand to Henderson’s spot kick he could only divert the ball into the roof of the net.
Wellens had a shot blocked and Koncheskey knocked Ward off his feet with a fierce shot as City pursued an equaliser, but things got worse for the home side in time added on when Simpson looped a cross over the City defence and Henderson met it at the far post for his second goal of the game.
Sven tried to shake things up for the second half, with Abe and Beckford making way for Vassell and Dyer.
City tried to build up some attacking momentum, but their best effort came in the 54th minute when Johnson pulled a ball back for Peltier, but his effort struck the bar from close range.
It was all over in the 68th minute when Henderson completed his hat-trick, rising uncontested to meet a Trotter corner with his head.
The home crowd were stunned, while Millwall’s small band of followers celebrated a great win.
Sven was not his usual ice-cool self after the game: “I am angry, frustrated and very disappointed. We never looked like scoring today. Our first-half performance was not good enough. We looked like a team who were very tired, flat and with no ideas. We got better in the second half, but we could never get a cross right or get into the box or pass right. Perhaps we were tired. We have had three games in seven days which doesn’t leave us much time to recover. I hope it was tiredness because if it wasn’t I will be very worried.”
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, St Ledger, Bamba, Konchesky, Johnson (Fernandes 74), Abe (Dyer 46), Wellens, King, Nugent, Beckford (Vassell 46). Unused Subs: Pantsil, Weale.
Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Robinson, Ward, Smith, Abdou, Feeney (Henry 75), Trotter, Howard, Henderson, Simpson (N’Guessan 78). Unused Subs: Mildenhall, Mkandawire, Agyemang.
Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear). Attendance: 21,991.
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