Kevin Phillips's controversial late goal meant Leicester extended their lead at the top of the Championship to 10 points with victory at Bournemouth.

The striker, 40, headed in Anthony Knockaert's cross to give the Foxes their ninth straight league win, though the home side felt the whole of the ball did not cross the goalline.

Lewis Grabban went closest for the Cherries with a long-range shot.

But Leicester deserved the win as home keeper Lee Camp denied several chances.

He was first called on to keep out Knockaert's close-range header, then blocked Lloyd Dyer's fierce strike from a tight angle before pushing Jamie Vardy's effort onto the crossbar.

After creating few meaningful chances in the first half, Bournemouth improved after the break as Grabban, looking for his 13th league goal of the season, had visiting keeper Kasper Schmeichel scrambling when his 25-yard strike flew just wide of the post.

But the goalscoring instincts of Phillips, who is closing in on 300 goals in his career, proved telling as the former England striker nodded past Camp.

Bournemouth, who are 14th, pushed in the closing stages but failed to really threaten Schmeichel as Leicester secured all three points.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said:

"Our goalkeeper has had an excellent day between the sticks. He kept us in the game and we thought that might get us a point but it wasn't to be.

"The feeling from my players is that it wasn't a goal. I have only had a quick look at it and it is very close, you cannot really tell as it is a really bad angle."

"They showed what a good side they are. Nine wins in a row is a remarkable achievement and credit to them."

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson said:

"Kevin Phillips is a striker and is smiling, he knows he has scored. I have not had a clear look at the incident and the goal but the assistant seemed pretty sure it went over the line.

"I know that he will contribute very positively to our season both in terms of what he can do on the pitch and off the field as well. He has a lot of experience.

"He is a goalscorer and his anticipation is excellent, he is in his forties so won't be as quick as he was 16 years ago but still creates a lot of space and time for himself because of his understanding of the game."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp Booked
  • 02 Francis
  • 14 Harte
  • 08 Arter Booked
  • 05 Elphick
  • 22 Ward Booked
  • 09 Grabban
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 28 Rantie (Kermorgant - 45' )
  • 04 Surman (Pitman - 83' )
  • 20 Fraser (Ritchie - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Allsop
  • 03 Cook
  • 10 Pitman
  • 15 Smith
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 18 Kermorgant
  • 30 Ritchie

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 de Laet
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 27 Wasilewski Booked
  • 05 Morgan
  • 24 Knockaert
  • 08 James (King - 79' )
  • 09 Vardy (Hammond - 88' )
  • 35 Nugent (Phillips - 73' )
  • 11 Dyer

Substitutes

  • 07 Hammond
  • 10 King
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 25 Logan
  • 26 Mahrez
  • 28 Phillips
  • 39 Wood
Ref: Darren Drysdale
Att: 10,719

Match Stats

Shots

12 22

On target

1 7

Corners

5 7

Fouls

8 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Leicester City 1.

90:00 +5:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Leicester City 1.

90:00 +4:58

Attempt blocked. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

90:00 +2:51

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

90:00 +2:51

Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Dean Hammond replaces Jamie Vardy.

85:38

Attempt missed. Ian Harte (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

84:31

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

82:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Andrew Surman.

80:56 Booking

Booking Lee Camp (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

80:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 0, Leicester City 1. Kevin Phillips (Leicester City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.

79:25

Offside, Bournemouth. Harry Arter tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

78:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Andy King replaces Matthew James.

78:09

Attempt missed. Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matthew James.

77:54

Attempt blocked. Kevin Phillips (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

77:14

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

75:00

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

74:37

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

73:49

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:49

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

72:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Kevin Phillips replaces David Nugent.

69:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

68:14

Delay in match Harry Arter (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

66:55 Booking

Booking Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:49

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:49

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

66:22

Attempt missed. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross following a set piece situation.

65:43 Booking

Booking Harry Arter (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:36

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

65:36

Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:21

Attempt blocked. Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

64:42

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:42

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

62:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

62:07

Delay in match Harry Arter (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

60:35

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

60:05

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer with a cross.

58:12

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Arter.

53:51

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

53:08

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

52:18 Booking

Booking Elliott Ward (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

52:09

Foul by Elliott Ward (Bournemouth).

52:09

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:18

Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

50:31

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

50:25

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

46:06

Offside, Bournemouth. Simon Francis tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Bournemouth 0, Leicester City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant replaces Tokelo Rantie.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Matt Ritchie replaces Ryan Fraser.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Leicester City 0.

44:56

Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

43:39

Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:39

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

42:36

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).

42:36

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:32

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:32

Foul by Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City).

38:14

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a cross.

35:33

Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

34:21

Attempt blocked. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew James.

34:00

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Simon Francis.

32:45

Offside, Leicester City. Ritchie de Laet tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

32:01

Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ian Harte with a cross following a set piece situation.

31:24

Ian Harte (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:24

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

30:37

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a through ball.

29:37

Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

28:58

Foul by Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth).

28:58

Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:22

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Francis.

25:12

Ian Harte (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:12

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

24:15

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

24:15

Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:52

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Konchesky.

21:53

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

20:20

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Ian Harte.

19:47

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Lee Camp.

19:44

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater with a through ball.

18:54

Offside, Leicester City. David Nugent tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

17:05

Attempt saved. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

15:45

Offside, Bournemouth. Eunan O'Kane tries a through ball, but Tokelo Rantie is caught offside.

14:20

Hand ball by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

13:36

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

13:16

Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross following a corner.

12:45

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

12:44

Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

12:42

Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Nugent.

11:45

Attempt blocked. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

11:22

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Andrew Surman.

10:58

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

10:56

Attempt blocked. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) header from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross.

10:26

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Elliott Ward.

7:16

Foul by Elliott Ward (Bournemouth).

7:16

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:36

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

6:01

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

5:00

Attempt missed. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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