Foxes earn a point
By James Pearson. Last Updated: December 26, 2005 7:30pm
New Millwall boss Dave Tuttle was left to rue what could have been as they drew 1-1 at ten-man Leicester.
The current New Den incumbent saw his team fail to take advantage of some festive generosity from their fellow strugglers as Patrick McCarthy (28) scored an own goal and Danny Tiatto was dismissed for two bookings to leave the Foxes a man down for most of the second half.
However, Joey Gudjonsson equalised from the penalty spot on 64 minutes before the Lions were reduced to ten men themselves when Paul Robinson was given a straight red for a professional foul on Elvis Hammond.
Tuttle had opted to start with youngsters Kevin Branff and Barry Cogan and also recalled the experienced Jody Morris to his line-up, while Craig Levein shuffled his pack following the 1-1 draw with Crewe as Nils-Eric Johansson, Tiatto and McCarthy all returned.
It was the Foxes who almost made the perfect start when Ryan Smith latched onto a Hammond pass, but his shot was well-saved by Colin Doyle.
The Londoners responded with a long-range effort from Morris but Robert Douglas was well-positioned to handle the shot.
Leicester controlled the majority of the first half with Tiatto mis-hitting from outside the penalty box and then Gudjonsson having his strike blocked by Robinson.
Against the run of play Millwall were gifted the lead when Morris centred only for McCarthy to slide the ball into his own net.
The Foxes responded but couldn't restore parity as Hammond and Gudjonsson were denied in a goalmouth scramble.
At the break Levein chose to bring on Gareth Williams for Johansson in an attempt to bring on some attacking quality.
However the hosts were stung when captain Tiatto received two yellow cards in the space of a couple of minutes to earn his marching orders.
Leicester, though, still kept battling away and were eventually rewarded when Zak Whitbread, on-loan from Liverpool, was penalised for bringing down Hammond in the penalty area. Gudjonsson made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick.
Millwall then saw Robinson sent off on 69 minutes for hauling down Hammond as the last defender.
Substitute Bruce Dyer was denied a goal for offside for the Lions but it was Leicester who would finish the game stronger.
Lions custodian Colin Doyle had to produce a couple of good stops from Hammond and McCarthy late on to deny the Foxes from snatching all three points.
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