Nottingham Forest 2:2 Leicester City
A late penalty rescued a point for a ten-man Leicester side at the City Ground on Wednesday night…
An unchanged City side contested this East Midlands Derby against a Forest side with some injury problems, but it was the usual tight and tense affair between the two sides.
Fox forced a good save from Schmeichel early on, and then Morgan was gifted a ball from Darlow, but couldn’t find the space to get a shot in.
City then had a good spell but chances for Nugent and Dyer weren’t converted.
At the other end Schmeichel then tipped a solid header from Collins over the bar.
The breakthrough for City came in the 29th minute following a long ball out of defence from Morgan.
Lascelles and Darlow left the ball to each other and the keeper’s hurried punch went straight to Vardy who threaded a shot between two defenders and into the unguarded net.
Sadly, the travelling City fans only had ten minutes to lord it over their neighbours and Forest turned the game round before the break
A Reid corner delivered from the right was met with a thumping Paterson header from 16 yards that flew past Schmeichel.
Five minutes later, some hesitancy from Morgan in defence led to him tangling with Mackie. With Forest fans baying for a red card he was relieved to see only a yellow, before Reid sent Schmeichel the wrong way with a confident spot-kick.
City’s best chance of the second half came on the hour when Drinkwater set up Nugent with a good chance which he screwed wide.
Soon after this Konchesky was shown a straight red for a challenge on Mackie by the touchline, with the linesman perhaps going by crowd reaction as much as the challenge.
Moore came on for Dyer as ten man City had a hard job gaining possession for a while. Though after Phillips and Mahrez replaced Knockaert and Nugent with 20 minutes to go City began to get back into the game.
With eight minutes to go City persistence finally reaped rewards. A throw from Mahrez found Drinkwater in the area and he was knocked over by Paterson.
Although Phillips’ penalty was superbly saved by Darlow at full stretch to his right, the loose ball fell for James who squared for Mahrez to side-foot home from two yards.
City continued to push for a winner, but Drinkwater’s shot went inches the wrong side of the post after he was set up by the lively Mahrez.
It was a highly creditable point for ten-man City on a ground that seldom bears fruit, and saw an eight point lead at the top of the table.
Forest: Darlow, Collins, Reid (Djebbour 86), Mackie, Fox (Harding 78), Halford, Lascelles, Jara, Paterson, Majewski, Cox (Henderson 61). Subs Not Used: Greening, Derbyshire, De Vries, Abdoun.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Konchesky, Knockaert (Mahrez 70), James, Drinkwater, Dyer (Moore 62), Vardy, Nugent (Phillips 70). Subs Not Used: Logan, Hammond, King, Wood.
Referee: A Taylor. Attendance: 24,808.
All photos: Simon Kimber
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