MIDDLESBROUGH manager Tony Mowbray admitted the manner of the goals his side conceded were hard to take as they lost their 100 per cent home record.
Mowbray felt Leicester’s equalising goal scored by Jamie Vardy should have been ruled out for offside and did not believe there was a foul in the lead-up to Lloyd Dyer’s match-winning strike in the 89th minute.
Mowbray, whose side took the lead through Nicky Bailey’s stunning 30-yard drive in the 50th minute, said: “It was very, very disappointing to lose goals like that.
“They are a good side and it was always going to be tight so once we got our noses in front we hoped we could hold on.
“I’ve watched it back and for me the first one was offside and I can’t see a foul for the free-kick that they got the winner from.”
The home side had the first chance of the game when Justin Hoyte cut in from the right and fired in an effort which brought a decent stop from Kasper Schmeichel.
Middlesbrough’s on-loan midfielder Josh McEachran fizzed a right-footed drive wide, before Leicester lost Ritchie De Laet to injury, with highly-rated youngster Liam Moore coming on.
Jonathan Woodgate, whose career has been dogged by injuries, was forced off in the 37th minute with what looked to be a recurrence of a niggling hamstring problem.
Tony Mowbray’s men took the lead early in the second half. There looked to be nothing on when Bailey picked the ball up 30 yards from goal, but the midfielder let fly with a stunning shot into the top corner.
Boro went agonisingly close to doubling their advantage moments later, only for Lukas Jutkiewicz to slam a shot against the crossbar.
They were made to pay as Leicester equalised immediately. Nugent’s shot deflected into the path of Vardy and he steered the ball past Steele.
Leicester spurned two gilt-edged chances to take the lead as Dyer cleared the bar from six yards from fellow substitute Andy King’s lay-off.
King then found himself with space in the area but his close-range shot was palmed away by Steele.
Leicester finally grabbed the winner their second-half pressure had deserved.
Anthony Knockaert passed the ball wide to Dyer and his shot took a wicked deflection and looped over Steele.
Middlesbrough: Steele, Friend, Woodgate (Hines 37), Bikey, Hoyte, McEachran, Bailey, Thomson (Ledesma 69), Leadbitter, Jutkiewicz, Zemmama (Luke Williams 63). Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Arca, Smallwood, Haroun. Booked: Bikey. Goals: Bailey 50.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 28), Konchesky, St. Ledger, Morgan, Knockaert, Drinkwater, James (King 57), Marshall (Dyer 62), Vardy, Nugent. Subs Not Used: Logan, Whitbread, Waghorn, Futacs. Goals: Vardy 62, Dyer 89.
Att: 15, 679 Ref: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).