Nottingham Forest 0:0 Leicester City
City and Forest failed to produce a goal in their FA Cup 3rd round tie on an afternoon when decent football was in short supply…
Leicester’s fans were only just outnumbered at the City Ground in an 18,000 crowd in what is, according to Forest supporters, Britain’s closest non-derby, making for a half decent atmosphere.
Nigel Pearson made three changes to his side with regualr full-backs Peltier and Konchesky returning to the side, along with Paul Gallagher.
However, the City boss’s plans had to be revised after just three minutes when Schlupp suffered what looked to be a serious injury after a midfield collision with Greening.
Beckford replaced the youngster, but Forest seized the initiative and were on top for the rest of the half.
The home side should have taken a 10th minute lead when a penetrating Gunter cross fell for McGugan whose fierce shot from close range was blocked by an incredible save from Schmeichel. Reid looked certain to score from the follow up but Mills threw himself in front of the shot to maintain City’s clean sheet.
Three minutes later Schmeichel came to the rescue again when Reid broke clear on goal, but the Dane raced out of his goal swiftly to smother his effort.
Chances for City were rare in the first half, though Nugent hit the top of the crossbar with a header, and then sent a lobbed effort just wide of the right hand post with Camp stranded.
The second half was a different matter, with City producing half a dozen decent chances, at the end where their supporters were crammed into the Bridgford Stand, but unable to convert any of them.
Ten minutes into the second half Gallagher had the chance to make up for a poor performance when Abe found him in some space, but he blazed his effort over the bar.
Soon afterwards he sent another, more difficult, attempt into the side netting.
A fierce Konchesky effort was then deflected wide before Mills sent a header from a corner straight at Camp.
With Dyer and Wellens on for Abe and Gallagher City were reinvigorated but still couldn’t alter the scoreboard, Beckford spooning a shot over after a decent exchange with Dyer.
They saved the best chance until last – Nugent getting a firm header to Danns cross, but Camp produced a save to equal Schmiechel’s first half wonder. The rebound fell for Dyer who somehow smashed it over the bar from 5 yards out when he had time to place it.
City had deserved more on their second half showing, but had to be content with a replay after another frustrating afternoon by the Trent.
Forest: Camp, Gunter, Chambers, Lynch, Freeman; McCleary (Anderson 82), Greening, Moussi, McGugan, Reid (Harewood 66), Tudgay (Blackstock 78). Unused Subs: Boateng, Derbyshire, Smith, Makewski.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, Tunchev, Konchesky, King, Abe (Wellens 60), Danns, Gallagher (Dyer 60), Nugent, Schlupp (Beckford 5). Unused Subs: Moussa, Weale, Kennedy, Taft.
Referee: G Eltringham (Tyne & Wear). Attendance: 18,477.