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Chris Taylor's strike fired Millwall to a Championship win over Leicester

Last Updated: 19/12/12 12:29pm

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Chris Taylor: Hit the winner for Millwall

Chris Taylor: Hit the winner for Millwall

Chris Taylor's strike fired Millwall back into the Championship play-off places as the Lions beat Leicester 1-0 at The Den on Saturday.

The substitute struck midway through the second half of a scrappy match to condemn the Foxes to their sixth defeat on the road this season.

It meant a return to winning ways for Millwall's manager of the month Kenny Jackett, whose side's 13-match unbeaten run came to a surprise end at Ipswich last week.

Leicester actually made the livelier start and David Nugent's shot was deflected wide before Jamie Vardy teed up Andy King, whose effort was blocked.

But no-nonsense Millwall soon began to out-muscle City's flair players and there were few clear-cut chances in the first half.

On-loan striker Chris Wood had Millwall's first chance after 20 minutes but planted his header wide.

Leicester passed up a decent chance to take the lead in the 37th minute when Nugent met a free-kick from Anthony Knockaert six yards out, but the one-time England striker's shot was too close to home keeper David Forde.

Jackett's half-time team talk seemed to work wonders as his side dominated the early stages of the second half.

Dany N'Guessan and Shane Lowry had shots blocked for Millwall before winger Taylor, on at the break, fired over the crossbar. Wood got another sight of goal on the hour mark but lifted his shot too high, while Danny Drinkwater fired over the top for City.

But the deadlock was broken in the 67th minute when Liam Trotter played a neat one-two with Andy Keogh down the left and crossed for Taylor, who sidefooted from six yards out past the helpless Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester attempted to hit back and Nugent fired wide before Forde saved Wes Morgan's stoppage-time shot, but they could not find a way past a stubborn Millwall rearguard.

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1 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8