Shakespeare joy at Foxes
Assistant boss Craig Shakespeare has praised Leicester's 'character and moral fibre' after the 10-man Foxes came from behind to beat Hull 2-1.
Last Updated: 24/03/12 7:34pm
Leicester City assistant Craig Shakespeare has praised his side's 'character and moral fibre' after the 10-man Foxes came from behind to beat Hull 2-1 at the King Power Stadium.
The game was significant for both sides in the race for a play-off place, with the Foxes knowing they had to win in order to keep their fading hopes of a top-six spot alive.
They made the worst possible start though when former Leicester striker Matty Fryatt fired Hull in front after just eight minutes.
However, Nigel Pearson's men turned the game around with Lloyd Dyer and Ben Marshall giving them a half-time lead.
Neil Danns was shown a straight red card after 57 minutes for a two-footed tackle on Hull's Paul McKenna but the Foxes held firm - much to the delight of Shakespeare.
"I am relieved," he admitted. "We went a goal down and showed great character and moral fibre to come back.
"Then when we went down to 10 men we had to defend in numbers.
"But we restricted them to one chance when they hit a post, but we also created good chances by hitting them on the counter.
"This division has the habit of throwing up surprise results. A lot can happen before the end of the season. I think there will still be a position available before the last game."
When quizzed about Danns' red card, Shakespeare said the club will study TV evidence before deciding on whether to appeal.
"It was an enthusiastic challenge. They are two honest professionals. We will have a look at it and see if it deserves an appeal," he added.
"Neil is very disappointed. He is adamant he went for the ball. He will be a tremendous loss. His form recently has been terrific."
Meanwhile, Hull boss Nick Barmby said his side could have no complaints with the result after a below-par display.
"I didn't think we were good enough to win the game," he said. "We scored early on but didn't get our flowing game going. We were left rocking by Leicester getting back at us so quickly.
"All credit to Leicester, they are a difficult side to breakdown.
On the Danns sending off, he added: "Danns is not that type of player, but the referee said it was two feet.
"From where we were sat you couldn't see it. Nine out of 10 times you get sent off for that but there is no malice in the lad."