MILLWALL slid to their first defeat of the season - but
manager John Docherty still drew plenty of encouragement
from this bright, attacking display.
"It was our best performance of the season, and if we can
sustain at level of commitment and discipline we will win
more games than we will lose away from home",
We looked well in command and we created plenty of
chances, but Leicester can think themselves lucky that their
keeper Ian Andrews was in such tremendous form, he
made two brilliant saves."
Certainly Millwall 's attacking stance helped create a fast
flowing, entertaining game and earned the Lions a standing
ovation from their large contingent of traveling supporters.
That the failed to reap any reward was chiefly down to
Leicester's record signing Steve Moran and an outstanding
display from young Andrews.
Moran, bought from Southampton for £300,000 a year ago,
pounced in the 53rd minute to knock home an Ian Wilson
pass and that goal turned out to be enough.
Yet before then Andrews had made two miraculous stops
to keep Leicester, without a point or a goal before the start,
in with a chance.
Just before half time he brilliantly pushed over Teddy
Sheringham's pile driving, 20 yard free kick and 30 seconds
after the break he pulled off an equally impressive stop after
danger man George Lawrence had created a chance out
Leicester manager Bryan Hamilton admitted afterwards,
"There was a lot of good stuff out there and Millwall
contributed fully to it."
To add to the Lions misery they had three men booked.
Les Briley was undeservedly cautioned for time-wasting,
George Lawrence joined him in the referees notebook for a
fracas with Ian Wilson and Alan Walker was booked right at
the end. I thought all the bookings were very harsh,"
RATINGS: Horne ***, Stevens ***, Sparham ***, Hurlock ***, Wood ***,
Subs: Carter and Morgan. Bookings: Briley, Lawrence and Walker. Match Rating 4