NIGEL Pearson described Leicester City's 1-0 loss to Millwall on Friday as "quite cruel" on his side, who played with ten men for most of the match.
Right-back Alan Dunne struck three minutes from time to clinch a crucial victory that saw the Lions reach the 50-point mark in the Championship and all-but secure safety from relegation.
Foxes captain Wes Morgan was sent-off for denying Andy Keogh a clear goalscoring opportunity in just the third minute, although Pearson had no complaints with the decision.
But he felt Leicester's efforts after the red card warranted a point – and was unhappy with what he described as "inconsistency" from referee Stuart Atwell.
"I could bemoan a number of things but we were pretty unfortunate," he said. "The players worked very hard to get something out of the game and to concede a goal so late is quite cruel.
"I don't think the players deserved that. Having said that, we didn't defend the goal at all well. You've got to do that for the entirety of the game and that is what's cost us.
"The players have shown a lot of desire to play in a positive fashion after going down to ten men so early on. It's a bit of a stumble but I can't have too much of a moan about that.
"If it had happened at the other end I'm sure we would think that it was worthy of a red card. It was at an unfortunate stage of the game and it was unintentional.
"There were lots of other events that went on during the game which were a bit inconsistent but I think it would be inappropriate to try to use those situations [as excuses]."