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Match Report: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Leicester City (Leicester Fan's Perspective)

Tuesday 10th January 2012
Nottingham Forest and Leicester City couldn't be split as both teams fought out a fiesty goalless draw in the third round FA Cup tie at the City Ground.

The game had all the makings for a great FA Cup game: a local rivalry, a huge 8,00 strong away support, and misfortunes for both sides in League trim, making a potential cup run seem ever more desirable. The immediate stages to the game however, were marred thanks to a nasty looking knee injury being suffered by Foxes' striker Jeffrey Schlupp, who would later be dealt the news of an 8 week lay-off as a consequence of the injury.

Despite the low key nature of the eventual scoreline, the match was one that threatened to be a goal filled classic throughout, with Forest attempting fruitlessly to capitalise on a shakey Leicester defence.From the first whistle; close range strikes efforts from Lewis McGugan and Andy Reid aswell as headed attempts from Marcus Tudgay and Joel Lynch forced a number of world class saves from the Foxes' shot-stopper Kasper Schmeichel.

A shift in power soon occurred though, with the visitors soon able to put pressure on Forest's organised back four. David Nugent squandered  without doubt the best chance of the opening half, by pounding a header against the crossbar of Lee Camp's goalmouth, after an in-swinging cross  courtesy of Paul Gallagher, found the head of the former Portsmouth striker. Nugent would then waste another effort on goal, after an agonisingly close chipped effort on the cusp of half time broke just wide of the post.

Leicester continued to pile on the pressure from the get-go of the second half, by dominating the home team in terms of time on the ball and chances to score,. Matt Mills  was unlucky to see a powerful headed effort saved by Forest keeper Camp, before Paul Gallagher shot wide of the mark from acres of space just outside of the 6 yard box for the Foxes'. Leicester continued to push throughout the half, with the joint introduction of Ritchie Wellens and Lloyd Dyer on 60 minutes being beneficial in terms of attacking prows. Dyer went on to metaphorically sum up the afternoon for  Nigel Pearson's men, after missing an open goal from the depths of the 6 yard box, after Nugent's header forced Lee Camp into a parried save, setting up the former MK Don's man.  Jermaine Beckford's run of poor form for Leicester continued, as he fell short of  producing any product provided from Leicester's  excellent playmaking efforts. 

In the grand scheme of things, a draw is nothing more than a bad result for both the opposing sides. With a busy Championship schedule ahead for both teams, any extra,potentially avoidable FA Cup action will be seen as burden on the two squads. Many may have been surprised initially, with the decision by both the opposing managers Nigel Pearson and Steve Cotterill to field such strong sides, with names such as Nugent, Schmeichel , Mills for Leicester and McGugan, Reid and Gunter for Forest, all included in the starting line-ups for Leicester and Forest respectively.

Despite the result, City can take great pleasure in witnessing Neil Danns and Aleksandar Tunchev both put on stellar performances throughout the 90 minutes. Danns consistently terrorised Forests' defensive lines, and recent returnee Tunchev after a lengthy injury lay-off, ensuring Leicester remained defensively intact . Neither of these two stand out players could unfortunately help push City into a lead, meaning that Leicester City will face Nottingham Forest at the King Power Stadium on the 18th of January in an FA Cup third round replay.
Joe Diamond
Im Joe- an aspiring Sports Journalist student who likes to rant, rave, review, preview, question, and support all things Football.

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