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Ten Man Leicester Rescue a Point at Forest

Nottingham Forest 2:2 Leicester City

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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.

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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.

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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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Leicester Clinch Play-Off Place Against the Odds

Nottingham Forest 2:3 Leicester City

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An injury time winner from Anthony Knockaert sealed a glorious 3-2 victory at Nottingham Forest and saw City scrape into the play-offs on goal difference….
Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with Nugent in for the injured Konchesky, with City needing win on a ground where they hadn’t succeeded in the league since 1972, while also relying on Blackpool preventing a Bolton win.
It didn’t look promising for City and their following of 2,000 as early as the 3rd minute however, when Cox was allowed two bites at the cherry with blue-shirted defenders slow to react, he prodded the ball past Schmeichel from close range to make our play-off hopes looking a little forlorn.
City responded well with Knockaert the driving force and his shot kissed the top of,  the crossbar in the 15th minute.
Nugent then tested Darlow with a well struck shot.
Meanwhile, at the Reebok, Bolton went a goal down to Blackpool giving the East Midlands sides an extra incentive.
City struck back in the 23rd minute when a James shot took a big deflection past Darlow to put City right back in the mix.
Nugent then missed out on a chance to put City ahead when he missed the target after being set up by Dyer.
City were the better side leading up to the break, as news that Bolton were two goals down circulated round the stands, and they took the lead three minutes before half-time.
Knockaert delivered a lovely cross to the far post for King to head home from close in, and as things stood at half-time incredibly City were in a play-off place.
Bolton, however, had pulled back two goals to go in at 2-2.

Forest took charge for a while after the break and levelled the score when Ward rose highest to nod home a Reid free-kick.
Things got worse for City a minute later when De Laet had to go off, replaced by Moore.
Wood then volleyed wide and goalmouth scramble, ended with a referee’s whistle, as City desperately pressed for that precious goal.
Kane came on for Dyer and then hearts were in mouths as Cox went one-on-one with Schmeichel, but lost out to the City keeper.
Knockaert then had a shot blocked before Pearson’s last change saw Marshall for Keane.
Four minutes of injury time were announced and then came the season’s defining moment.
A Schlupp ball upfield saw Knockaert and Wood suddenly outnumbering Forest defenders. Knockaert passed to Wood, who squared back to Knockaert as the keeper closed in on him, leaving the Frenchman to find an unguarded net right in front of the wildly celebrating Leicester fans.
There was no further score at Bolton, so City had miraculously leap-frogged their way into the play-offs at not only the eleventh hour, but at 11:59.
Considering the dramatic slump in form in the last few months it was incredible that they made it, but make it they did and City fans were queuing up for Watford tickets first thing Sunday morning…
Nigel Pearson commented: “It was one of those situations where we had to find a win from somewhere and with it being a local derby as well put a different dimension to it, but I thought the players coped well with the pressure.”

Forest: Darlow, Harding, Collins, Guedioura (Sharp 74), Cohen, Henderson, Reid (McGugan 62), Halford (Majewski 33), Cox, Lansbury, Ward. Unused Subs: McGugan, Tudgay, Blackstock, Ayala, Alrashidi.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 56), Morgan, King, Dyer (Kane 60), Keane (Marshall 85), James, Schlupp, Knockaert, Nugent, Wood. Unused Subs: Drinkwater, Vardy, Logan, Gallagher.

Referee: Mike Dean. Attendance: 28,646.

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FA Cup Stalemate by the Trent

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.


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Thrown Away

Nottingham Forest 3:2 Leicester City

A lively and well balanced East Midlands derby was settled 3-2 in Forest’s favour by the latest Chris Weale calamity at the City Ground on Good Friday…

Sven Goran Eriksson brought in Mee, Vitor and Gallagher, for Van Aanholt, Bamba and Vassell and the reshuffled defence did not deal well with their first test – Forest’s 15th minute opening goal.
McGugan, out on the right, delivered a fine cross for Tudgay to head home, the Forest man having drifted in between  Vitor and Naughton.
It was a poor start for City, but they battled their way back and were level five minutes later.
A sweeping City move saw Wellens palying Naughton in down the right and his cross found Gallagher beyond the far post. His cross/shot attempt was blocked by Moussi and the ball rolled out of the penalty area to be met with a perfect fierce, low shot that Camp reached but could not prevent going into the net.
Soon after this equaliser Mee was sent in on the left but his angled drive was place too close to Camp.
The game tightened up after this and chances were scarce up to the break.
Earnshaw’s progress was blocked as he closed in on goal, and that was the nearest either side came. 
Sven was forced into a change just five minutes into the second half when Oakley limped off, replaced by Abe. Seven minutes later he brought Vassell on for Yakubu to try and revive a tired looking side.
The game burst back into life with seventeen minutes remaining with the hosts regaining their lead.
McGugan rode a challenge before firing in a fierce shot from 25 yards. Weale parried the effort but it fell nicely for Earnshaw who finished neatly before Weale could fully recover his position. 
However, City struck back a minute later with their second equaliser of the afternoon.
Wellens sent Naughton down the right and his low shot was blocked by Camp, the ball sitting up for Vassell to sidefoot home from five yards out.
3,300 City fans were celebrating hard in the away end,  but sadly there was another twist in the tale.
Mee sent a header narrowly wide, but it was Forest who found a late winner.
With six minutes of the 90 left, McKenna volleyed a weak effort goalwards and it slipped under Weale on it’s third bounce, to give the home side the points and dismiss any ligering hopes of a play-off place.

Sven was already looking ahead: “Unfortunately we deserve to be where we are. Come Tuesday, after our home game against Watford on Monday, we will start to seriously think about what we want to do. I will be here next season – as long as it is up to me.”

Forest: Camp, Morgan, Chambers, Gunter, Moloney, Cohen, McKenna, McGugan (McGoldrick 86), Moussi, Tudgay (Boyd 75), Earnshaw (Findley 80). Subs Not Used: Bennett, Majewski, McCleary, Darlow.  
Leicester: Weale, Vitor, Naughton, Mee, Bruma, King, Oakley (Abe 50), Wellens, Kamara (Howard 76), Yakubu (Vassell 57), Gallagher. Subs Not Used: Ricardo, Dyer, Moreno, Berner.

Referee: M Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear). Attendance: 24,217.

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37 Years of Hurt…

Although Leicester beat Forest at the City Ground in September 2007, 3-2 in a League Cup tie, they haven’t beaten them in a League game away since January 1972…

The sides met on 22 January 1972: Forest took a first half lead through Ian Storey-Moore, who beat Peter Shilton with a volley.
Keith Weller equalised with a brillaint goal five minutes from time that saw him beat four Forest defenders before firing a shot past Jimmy Barron.
In the final minute of the game Alan Birchenall hit the winner with a shot that deflected off a defender on its way into the net.

Since then it has been an unrelentingly different story:

League Cup Nottingham Forest 2-3 Leicester City 18-09-2007
Second Tier Nottingham Forest 1-1 Leicester City 17-12-2004
Second Tier Nottingham Forest 2-2 Leicester City 26-10-2002
Premier Nottingham Forest 1-0 Leicester City 16-05-1999
Premier Nottingham Forest 0-0 Leicester City 07-09-1996
Premier Nottingham Forest 1-0 Leicester City 27-08-1994
Second Tier  Nottingham Forest 4-0 Leicester City 06-02-1994
League Cup Nottingham Forest 2-1 Leicester City 14-12-1988
Division 1   Nottingham Forest 2-1 Leicester City 22-03-1987
Division 1   Nottingham Forest 4-3 Leicester City 22-03-1986
Division 1  Nottingham Forest 2-1 Leicester City 25-11-1984
Division 1   Nottingham Forest 3-2 Leicester City 04-12-1983
Division 1   Nottingham Forest 5-0 Leicester City 20-09-1980
Division 1   Nottingham Forest 1-0 Leicester City 14-03-1978

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