A late Robert Huth header handed Leicester City a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the second of three meetings between the sides this month.
Having drawn 2-2 in the FA Cup on Saturday, the teams went in to this league game knowing they would face each other again in the cup replay in a week’s time.
Despite a barrage of chances for Tottenham throughout the match, they were met by a resolute defence in front of an even more resolute goalkeeper.
And the wealth of missed opportunities came back to bite Mauricio Pochettino’s men when Huth headed Leicester in front late on.
With teams around Tottenham dropping points, this game almost certainly serves as their biggest disappointment in an otherwise impressive season.
The home side were fastest out of the blocks, Dele Alli bent a shot around Kasper Schmeichel’s post early on and the Leicester keeper had to remain alert minutes later to palm away Toby Alderweireld’s header as it threatened to bounce over him off the ground.
But Leicester grew into the game and N’Golo Kante managed to sky his effort over the bar after Tottenham only succeeded in clearing the striker’s original cross straight back to him.
And a full 25 minutes had passed before Hugo Lloris was tested but, in a fashion that only the Frenchman can provide, he did excellently to tip Danny Drinkwater’s swerving volley around the post.
Keen not to be outdone, Schmeichel was on hand again to punch clear Christian Eriksen’s curling shot from the edge of the box.
Gaining joy down the wings, full back Ben Davies linked well with Erik Lamela, but the Argentine’s cross flashed agonisingly between Harry Kane’s head and the goal.
And despite a few hopeful crosses pinged in to the visitor’s box, the first half finished goalless.
Jan Vertonghen did well to deflect Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy’s early, close range effort over the bar.
And only Wes Morgan’s ankle prevented Lamela from sweeping Davies’ low cross in to the net.
Lloris did well to avoid giving away a penalty after Kyle Walker’s poor backpass was intercepted by Vardy.
While at the other end, Kane nearly got the better of Schmeichel but could only watch as the keeper somehow saved his one-on-one shot on to the bar.
Lamela was gifted another chance off a low cross but lost control and skied it into the stands.
And Tottenham’s enemy number one Schmeichel was on hand again to save Dele Alli’s rasping shot after a promising Spurs break.
But despite the all home side’s efforts, a deep corner meant Huth was able to put Leicester 1-0 with an unmarked, but well placed, header in the 83rd minute.
Tottenham remain in 4th place by a solitary point and host lowly Sunderland on Tuesday, before travelling back to Leicester on Wednesday for their third meeting in a little over a week.