Writer: Our Kids Dad
Date:Thursday February 20 2014
Match report from kids corner, Forest v Leicester, Wednesday 19th February.
The Reds face the flying league leaders in an East Midlands derby.
Leicester with 9 wins out of 10 games, 7 points clear of second and 13 points clear of Forest. However the Reds were unbeaten in 13 in the league but they were coming off the back of a defeat in the FA Cup to Sheffield United. This was Forest's 6th game in 17 days, the Foxes having had an eleven day rest since they played Watford. Alright then here we go.
Forest kicked off the game and straight away it was end to end! The first real attempt on goal was from Forest's Jamie Paterson who ripped apart De Laet before cutting inside and forcing a good save out of Schmeichel.
Forest had the second attempt as well through Danny Collins, his header forced the best out of Schmeichel from Reid's corner.
However when a hopeless ball up field from Leicester caused chaos in the Forest defence, Darlow punched the ball straight into the path of Jamie Vardy who put the ball in the unguarded net, 0-1!
Forest were starting to fall apart with Lascelles making the majority of the mistakes! Despite this, the Reds fans stayed behind Forest and soon enough chances were being made, with another Andy Reid corner that was only cleared to the edge of the box, where Jamie Paterson headed the loose ball into the top corner, 1-1 game on!
Straight away Forest put the pressure on and 3 minutes after equalising, a mistake from Wes Morgan led to Mackie stealing the ball and being brought down inside the box, penalty! Reid was the man to take it, he jogged up to the ball and sent Schmeichel the wrong way, 2-1!
Leicester were faltering but there wasn't enough time left in the first half to get a third. Half time.
Forest were leading at half time but Leicester were going to come out all guns blazing - Forest had their fans still in full voice to give them even more of a reason to win this game.
From the start it was end to end but both sets of defences weren't making anymore mistakes. One of the best early chances was from Forest which was fantastically intercepted on the line by Wes Morgan.
Leicester won many corners but none of them troubled the Forest keeper. There was then another mix up between Darlow and Lascelles which lead to Vardy winning the ball again but Lascelles recovered with a great tackle.
When the Foxes did get a chance it fell to the person they would want it to, David Nugent, but to everybody's surprise he smashed the ball wide.
From this Forest got an attack down the left wing where Jamie Mackie got past one but was then horrifically tackled by the Leicester left back Konchesky.'Off! Off! Off!' - was the chant and 'Off' was the response from the Ref a straight red!
The free kick was in a dangerous position as well. The ball was driven deep into the box and then fell to Lascelles who smashed the ball wide of the post from only six yards - that was a sitter!
After that Forest got another chance through Majewski but his shot was straight at Schmeichel. Forest weren't taking there chances and soon enough they were punished in the 82nd minute.
A throw in fell to Drinkwater in the box who was bundled over by Paterson, penalty! The experienced Kevin Phillips was the man to take it, he ran up to the ball and smashed it towards the corner but Darlow saved - however the rebound was not cleared by Forest and Leicester got an equaliser, 2-2!
Forest tried to get a winner but there simply wasn't enough time left. Full time 2-2.
A disappointing end result but to get 4 points out of 6 against the league leaders is a fantastic achievement plus they'd had 11 days rest and we'd had an action packed last 3 weeks.
A substandard performance from a few players but not a bad result - roll on Burnley.
Thanks for reading, Bash9.
Date:Thursday February 20 2014
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