FA Cup Third Round Replay: Leicester City 4:0 Nottingham Forest
City easily hurdled Forest to make it into the 4th Round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 4-0 victory at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night; thanks to a Jermaine Beckford hat-trick…
With Andy King injured Nigel Pearson brought Beckford back to the starting XI and rested Tunchev with St Ledger partnering Mills at the back.
With City lining up in a more balanced 4-4-2 they immediately looked better than in recent weeks and went for Forest in determined fashion right from the kick-off.
The Forest defence looked to be living on their nerves in the early stages and so it proved in the 7th minute when Dyer drilled in a low cross from the left which Boateng diverted past Camp.
Moments later it should have been 2-0 but a scramble in the Forest goalmouth ended with Nugent rolling the ball along the goal line into Camp’s grateful grasp.
For all City’s dominance Forest should have been on level terms in the 10th minute. A Cunningham cross from the left looked to be dipping under the bar until Schmeichel got a hand to it. The ball fell for Findley, who faced with an open goal from two yards out somehow lifted it over the bar for one of football’s all-time worst misses.
After this reprieve City never looked back. On the half hour Danns fed Peltier down the right and he delivered a fine cross which Camp could only touch on to Beckford, who placed a precise header over Moussi and under the bar.
With Forest having so little to offer there was already a feeling of game over though Moussi did well to block a goalbound Gallagher shot just before the break.
Five minutes into the second half City sealed their passage into the fourth round in route one fashion. Schmeichel’s huge kick was nodded on by Nugent for Beckford who had sneaked in behind the Forest defence and lifted the ball over the advancing Camp for a cool finish.
Seven minutes later it was 4-0 as Wellens battled with Reid to send beckford through. Although Camp blocked his shot Beckford showed much more urgency than the Forest defence to reach the loose ball and fire into the roof of the net for a well-earned hat-trick.
From then on it was simply a case of whether City could add to the scoreline. Despite close calls from Danns, Gallagher and Peltier the shivering, but happy, fans had to be content with thumping their local rivals 4-0.
What impact this will have on league form is difficult to tell, as Forest had to be the worst side City have faced all season, but it can’t do any harm to the confidence of Beckford or the side as a whole.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, St Ledger, Konchesky, Gallagher, Danns, Wellens, Dyer (Kennedy 80), Nugent, Beckford (Howard 79). Unused Subs: Weale, Abe, Tunchev, Taft.
Forest: Camp, Gunter, Moussi, Lynch, Cunningham, Findley, Boateng (McGugan 46), Greening (McGoldrick 46), Anderson, Reid, Harewood (Blackstock 81). Unused Subs: Smith, Majewski, Derbyshire, McCleary.
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire). Attendance: 16,210.