Leicester City battled in vain after being down to 10 men for virtuallu the whole game after having Wes Morgan sent off after three minutes against Millwall last night.
Alan Dunne grabbed a late winner as Millwall damaged City's play-off hopes with a 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium.
The home side were rocked by captain Morgan's early dismissal but held firm for 87 minutes before seeing their their winless run extended to six matches and with now only one win in 10 games.
Millwall were disappointingly conservative considering their numerical superiority but took the spoils when Irishman Dunne popped up three minutes from time to slot home Richard Chaplow's cut-back.
Leicester's hopes of ending their barren run were dealt a severe blow after only three minutes when skipper Morgan clumsily bundled into Andy Keogh and, as the last man, left referee Stuart Attwell little choice but to send him off.
Kasper Schmeichel brilliantly kept out Shane Lowry's 20-yard effort from the subsequent free-kick but Leicester reorganised effectively and had their fair share of chances in the first half.
Millwall skipper Danny Shittu misjudged the bounce of a long ball in the 10th minute and David Nugent had support from Chris Wood and Anthony Knockaert against only two Millwall defenders but dallied on the ball and the chance evaporated.
Moments later the impressive Ritchie DeLaet's cross fell for Michael Keane but his point-blank header was somehow scrambled off the line by Lowry.
At the other end Schmeichel was alert to tip Jermaine Easter's 20-yard drive behind for a corner before a marauding run from inside his own half by Belgian DeLaet finished with Shittu hacking the full-back's shot off the line.
Millwall had neither the attacking inclination nor creativity to make their numerical advantage tell and it was Leicester who threatened again when Nugent burst down the right and flashed a powerful shot across goal.
When Millwall did look dangerous it was down to a lapse by Paul Konchesky - deployed as an emergency centre-half after Morgan's early exit. The former England defender was dispossessed on the edge of his own area by Rob Hulse, whose effort was kept out by Schmeichel's feet.
Attwell's hopes of endearing himself to the home fans who felt aggrieved at his earlier decision went awry when he failed to spot Hulse control the ball with his hand inside the penalty area but the former West Brom man was again denied by Schmeichel.
Hulse was not so lucky shortly after the half-hour mark though, when he converted Easter's low cross only to be ruled offside by assistant Wayne Barratt.
With chances at a premium after the interval the game quickly descended into a bad-tempered affair - Lions midfielder Liam Trotter particularly fortunate to escape with only a caution when he went in late on Jeff Schlupp.
Moments later Dunne mis-timed a challenge on Andy King and, after a brief fracas, both players saw yellow.
Trotter's luck continued when he inadvertently header Anthony Knockaert's free-kick towards his own goal, only for goalkeeper David Forde to spare his blushes with a fine save.
The game looked to be petering out into a goalless draw when former Saints midfielder Chaplow, who had bossed proceedings for much of the night, found space down the left and although his pull-back missed all of the visiting forwards, Dunne timed his run forward to perfection to settle matters.