Leicester City 1 Middlesbrough 0, Tony Mowbray positive despite another Boro away defeat

OFF TARGET: Penalty taker Marvin Emnes missed a  late spot-kick in the npower Championship at Leicester
OFF TARGET: Penalty taker Marvin Emnes missed a late spot-kick in the npower Championship at Leicester

MIDDLESBROUGH’S bout of travel sickness shows no sign of being cured after suffering their eighth defeat on the road.

Boro have the worst away record in the npower Championship’s top 10 though they could and should have taken a hard-earned point at a snowy King Power Stadium last night, only for sub Marvin Emnes to fail with a last-gasp penalty.

Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel kept out the Dutchman’s tame spot-kick to send the Foxes into the top two while Boro were left kicking themselves.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray, who revealed that because of the weather it had taken them two hours to travel two miles from their hotel to the ground, said: “We are very disappointed as I think we did enough not to lose the game.

“We created enough chances to get something out of the game. We played against a good side who have been free scoring all season going forward.

“They hit the woodwork three times, but we had some really clear cut chances as well.

“We didn’t stick them in the back of the net and goals change games. We have to be more clinical and it is a very frustrated dressing room.

“To have a penalty going into injury time and not score is very frustrating. But there a lot of positives, enough to know we can go on our travels and win.

“We have got nothing to fear and we go into all games knowing that we can win them. But we need to be more clinical.”

Schmeichel was Leicester’s hero for Nigel Pearson’s side.

Leading through David Nugent’s 70th-minute strike, Foxes substitute Jamie Vardy untidily brought Boro captain Rhys Williams down in the area, but Schmeichel plunged to his left to superbly thwart Emnes.

Leicester enjoyed the better of an open first half as Anthony Knockaert and Michael Keane tested the crossbar in front of a sparse King Power Stadium crowd, with many apparently persuaded to watch the televised clash from home on a snow-swept evening.

The adverse weather conditions delayed Boro’s arrival and the kick-off by 15 minutes, but Mowbray’s men also had their moments as an attacking force, with Schmeichel forced to deny Scott McDonald and Andre Bikey in quick succession.

Emmanuel Ledesma, booked for diving in the 20th minute, should have put Boro ahead after the break before in-form Foxes striker Chris Wood hit the post.

Nugent was twice denied by the offside flag but, in between those efforts, he finished superbly on the half-volley to put City three points ahead of Boro in fifth. They sit seven points behind Cardiff ahead of the leaders’ trip to Blackpool this evening.