Leicester City 0:0 Nottingham Forest
There was a poor turnout by both sets of fans this this local derby, which felt like just another midweek game down at the KPS, and it brought to mind Danny Baker’s quote about: “Two dogs fighting over a rubber bone.”
Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with Bamba in for the suspended Danns and Schmeichel wearing the captain’s armband.
Forest had the early chances with Blackstock sending an effort drifting wide of the left hand post, and Schmeichel blocking Guedioura from point-blank range but that proved to be the extent of Forest’s ambition.
Steve Cotterill’s side had come to defend a point and they achieved that with a defensive set-up and that City just couldn’t find a way round.
Chances were few and far between. Bamba produced a good save from Camp with a low shot; and Marshall went close to an opener with a curving shot from 20 yards that Camp tipped away at full stretch. Dyer also went close, but that was it for the first half, and the second half was virtually incident-free.
In the 75th minute Blackstock headed an easy chance against the bar but even then the linesman’s flag was raised.
Howard and Schlupp were brought on, but made no impression on Forest’s stubborn defence as the game drifted to it’s goalless conclusion.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, St Ledger, Konchesky, Marshall, Bamba, Drinkwater, Dyer (Howard 78), Beckford, Nugent (Schlupp 64). Unused Subs: King, Kennedy, Moore.
Forest: Camp, Wootton, Chambers, Lynch, Cunningham, Majewski (Tudgay 68), Moussi, Guedioura, Gunter, Blackstock, Reid (Higginbotham 90). Unused Subs: Smith, McGugan, Miller.
Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire). Attendance: 23,412.