Foxes left with food for thought
By Ben Blackmore
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Leicester crashed to their sixth successive league defeat as Plymouth triumphed 1-0.
Leicester crashed to a sixth consecutive league defeat as Plymouth triumphed 1-0 in a tight affair at Home Park.
Paul Wotton was The Pilgrims' hero just two minutes into the second half, expertly firing home a free-kick to extend their recent run of good form to three wins in their last three outings.
The result increases the pressure on Leicester boss Craig Levein, whose side remain in the relegation zone having now played the same number of games as those around them.
In truth, it was the hosts who enjoyed the better of a largely uninspiring first half, with David Norris rousing the home support in the 10th minute with a testing volley.
Nick Chadwick and Tony Capaldi then both had efforts from distance as Plymouth looked to force the issue, but there was a clear lack of cutting edge as both sides struggled to break the deadlock.
Joey Gudjonsson attempted to provide some spark for The Foxes with another speculative effort, before Wotton gave warning of his talents ahead of the interval with a header that forced Douglas into a fingertip save.
Two minutes after the break, the Leicester goalkeeper was simply helpless as Wotton stepped up to fire in his eighth goal of the season.
Micky Evans had earned the free-kick, but he allowed his in-form colleague to strike a blockbuster free-kick into the corner of the net.
The goal drew a determined response from the visitors, who were desperate to haul themselves out of the relegation zone ahead of their FA Cup tie with Southampton on Saturday.
Led by Gudjonsson in midfield, Matty Fryatt and Alan Maybury both tested the resolve of The Pilgrims' rearguard, before the Icelander himself went close with a long-range effort.
Ultimately, their efforts were to prove in vain as Plymouth recorded their eighth win of the season, lifting them to 16th in the Championship table.