Leicester City 0:2 Nottingham Forest
The Remembrance Day fixture saw a 30,000 + crowd at the KPS, but it ended in disappointment with Forest making the most of their chances to earn a 2-0 win…
All photos: Simon Kimber
Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with Wood off on international duty, replaced by Schlupp up front and Konchesky returning to left back.
The opening spell saw City very much in the ascendancy, with Morgan heading wide from a corner and another header from Nugent forcing a fine full stretch save from Darlow. Between these incidents City were already being hindered by some bizarre refereeing decisions with Wasilewski going into the book, former City defender Hobbs not being booked for a worse offence and Knoackaert being cautioned for pointing this out.
City should have gone ahead soon after this as fantastic work by Knockaert through the heart of Forest’s defence saw him pick out an unmarked Dyer at the first post, but the winger fluffed his first touch and could only find the side netting.
A fourth good chance passed City by when Nugent couldn’t keep his header under the bar from an excellent Knockaert free-kick, and they were then given a lesson in economy of finishing as Forest took a half hour lead from their first opportunity.
Paterson ran in from the right and shot, this was blocked but the ball ran for Cox who fired home from close in.
This stunned the large home crowd and worse was to come three minutes before the break. Lansbury’s shot from a corner was blocked by Drinkwater on the line, but again the ball fell kindly for a red shirt and Mackie gleefully fired it into the roof of the net.
Matters didn’t improve for City in the opening spell of the second half. Forest, inspired by Hobbs, always got something to the ball in defence and home frustrations began to grow.
Pearson brought Vardy on for Dyer, and then Taylor-Fletcher and Hammond on for Schlupp and Knockaert but still things were not going City’s way.
That was until the 70th minute when Vaughan needlessly flattened Drinkwater just inside the area.
Nugent’s short, halting run-up and spot-kick that cleared the bar and landed in the Kop neatly summed up City’s afternoon.
After the penalty miss City rarely troubled the Forest defence again, and the Reds became the first side to take three points from the KPS this season. A hugely disappointing afternoon for the biggest crowd in three years.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Moore, Wasilewski, Morgan, Konchesky, Knockaert (Hammond 67), Drinkwater, King, Dyer (Vardy 60), Nugent, Schlupp (Taylor-Fletcher 67). Subs Not Used: James, Hopper, Miquel, Logan.
Forest: Darlow, Cohen, Lansbury, Reid, Mackie, Lascelles (Halford 46), Jara, Paterson, Vaughan, Hobbs, Cox (Lichaj 75). Subs Not Used: Chalobah, Derbyshire, Majewski, De Vries.
Referee: Lee Mason. Attendance: 30,416.
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