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Leicester   3 - 0   Nottm Forest

Leicester 3-0 Nottm Forest

Leicester 3-0 Nottm Forest

Leicester City scored three goals in 14 second-half minutes to knock Nottingham Forest out of the top two and boost their own automatic promotion hopes.

Bruno Berner set the Foxes on their way, turning smartly to smash the ball home from a clever Richie Wellens pass.

Paul Gallagher doubled the lead with a superb free-kick with 11 minutes left and Andy King sealed the win when he deflected in a low Berner cross.

Rob Earnshaw had Forest's best chance but his first-half header hit the bar.

But apart from Earnshaw's header from a wonderful Radoslaw Makewski free-kick, Forest offered little going forward in a lacklustre match that only sparked into life in the closing stages.

The Foxes had been thumped 5-1 at the City Ground earlier in the season and boss Nigel Pearson had talked of his desire to put things right.

And although the performance was not particularly emphatic, the end result was and Pearson would have been delighted with his side's clinical finishing.

Forest had not conceded more than one goal in a league game since August but a breathless final 15 minutes changed that and also saw the Reds suffer a fourth consecutive away league defeat.

Berner set City on the way when he notched from close range after Forest failed to clear a free-kick.

James Perch wasted a great chance to draw the visitors level after Dexter Blackstock nodded the ball to him.

But Gallagher made the points safe with a delightful curling free-kick.

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And it was 3-0 moments later when Lloyd Dyer combined with full-back Berner on the left and his driven cross was turned in by King.

Leicester stay in fifth spot in the Championship table but close the gap on third-placed Forest to seven points and the Foxes also have a game in hand on their east midlands rivals.


Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:
"We only came up from League One last season so to be doing what we are doing now was a big ask of the players. They deserve all the credit because they've done so well.

"People might say we scored two goals from set-plays today, but we still thoroughly deserved the win and it may answer one or two of our critics. It was a good day for us.

"We've had a decent run of form since Christmas. We have always been involved in close games and those that we have lost have been narrow defeats.

"Our fans will enjoy having the local bragging rights but the bottom line is that this was an important game to win because it means we maintain our momentum."

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies:
"I was happy enough with the back five but the middle and front players didn't influence the game or compete enough and that was very disappointing.

"We didn't compete enough in challenges and the battles and nasty side of the game, if you like. When they scored first they simply went on to battle much more than us.

"We need to look at why we went ten months unbeaten. We will have to change things away from home and play a lot tighter. Up until they scored I thought we were the team more likely. I was feeling very comfortable and until they got their first goal I wasn't concerned.

"We were worried about set pieces before and they scored from two of them and after that first goal we just lost our discipline totally."

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Saturday, 27 February 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leicester 3-0 Nottm Forest FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Berner 68
  • Gallagher 79
  • King 81

    Leicester

    • 01 Weale
    • 04 Morrison
    • 06 Brown
    • 15 Berner
    • 25 Hobbs yellow card
    • 08 Oakley yellow card
    • 10 King
    • 11 Dyer
    • 19 Wellens yellow card (Kermorgant 86)
    • 18 Waghorn yellow card (Howard 90+3)
    • 24 Gallagher yellow card (Adams 90+2)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Logan,
    • 33 Bruce,
    • 07 Solano,
    • 16 Adams,
    • 09 Howard,
    • 17 N'Guessan,
    • 22 Kermorgant

    Nottm Forest

    • 01 Camp
    • 02 Perch yellow card
    • 05 Morgan yellow card
    • 06 Wilson
    • 16 Gunter yellow card
    • 07 Anderson (Tyson 45)
    • 15 Cohen
    • 18 McKenna
    • 28 Majewski yellow card (McGoldrick 74)
    • 10 Earnshaw yellow card
    • 23 Blackstock

    Substitutes

    • 21 Smith,
    • 04 Chambers,
    • 08 McGugan,
    • 19 Moussi,
    • 09 Adebola,
    • 11 Tyson,
    • 17 McGoldrick
    Ref: ProbertAtt: 31,759
    LEICESTER
    NOTTM FOREST

    Possession

    • Leicester 50%
    • Nottm Forest 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Leicester 3
    • Nottm Forest 4

    Attempts off target

    • Leicester 2
    • Nottm Forest 3

    Corners

    • Leicester 1
    • Nottm Forest 2

    Fouls

    • Leicester 17
    • Nottm Forest 16
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:31 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+3:43 Unfair challenge on Chris Cohen by Matt Oakley results in a free kick. Kelvin Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:52 Substitution Steve Howard is brought on as a substitute for Martyn Waghorn.
    • 90:00+1:49 Substitution Nicky Adams joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Gallagher.
    • 90:00+1:15 Booking Booking for Matt Oakley for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+1:05 Unfair challenge on Michael Morrison by Nathan Tyson results in a free kick. Jack Hobbs takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+0:28 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul McKenna from the left by-line, Chris Weale makes a save.
    • 90:00+0:11 David McGoldrick takes a shot. Save made by Chris Weale.
    • 89:40 Matt Oakley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul McKenna. Direct free kick taken by James Perch.
    • 87:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by David McGoldrick on Bruno Berner. Paul Gallagher restarts play with the free kick.
    • 87:20 Martyn Waghorn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Gunter. Direct free kick taken by Lee Camp.
    • 85:14 Paul Gallagher restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:14 Substitution Yann Kermorgant joins the action as a substitute, replacing Richie Wellens.
    • 85:14 Booking Booking for Wes Morgan.
    • 85:00 Unfair challenge on Matt Oakley by Wes Morgan results in a free kick.
    • 83:34 Chris Cohen concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Gallagher. Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.
    • 81:52 Handball decision goes against Robert Earnshaw. Direct free kick taken by Chris Weale.
    • 80:45 Bruno Berner provided the assist for the goal.
    • 80:45 GOAL - Andy KingLeicester 3 - 0 Nottm Forest Andy King finds the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Leicester 3-0 Nottm Forest.
    • 78:44 Booking Booking for Paul Gallagher for unsporting behaviour.
    • 78:39 GOAL - Paul GallagherLeicester 2 - 0 Nottm Forest Paul Gallagher scores a goal direct from the free kick from outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Leicester 2-0 Nottm Forest.
    • 77:19 Nathan Tyson concedes a free kick for a foul on Martyn Waghorn.
    • 76:56 Free kick taken by Wayne Brown.
    • 76:56 Booking James Perch receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 76:48 James Perch challenges Bruno Berner unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 76:21 James Perch takes a shot. Blocked by Jack Hobbs.
    • 75:40 Foul by Michael Morrison on James Perch, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Cohen.
    • 74:55 Foul by Dexter Blackstock on Richie Wellens, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
    • 73:55 Substitution David McGoldrick replaces Radoslaw Majewski.
    • 72:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wes Morgan by Martyn Waghorn. Direct free kick taken by Lee Camp.
    • 69:12 Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.
    • 69:12 Booking Martyn Waghorn goes into the referee's book.
    • 69:12 Booking Chris Gunter receives a yellow card for dissent.
    • 69:08 Martyn Waghorn challenges Wes Morgan unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 68:41 Lloyd Dyer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Gunter. Direct free kick taken by Lee Camp.
    • 67:04 Richie Wellens provided the assist for the goal.
    • 67:04 GOAL - Bruno BernerLeicester 1 - 0 Nottm Forest Bruno Berner grabs a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Leicester 1-0 Nottm Forest.
    • 66:20 Robert Earnshaw gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richie Wellens. Paul Gallagher crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 65:29 Shot from just outside the area by Paul Gallagher goes over the bar.
    • 62:19 Foul by Matt Oakley on Kelvin Wilson, free kick awarded. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.
    • 61:25 Foul by Paul McKenna on Richie Wellens, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jack Hobbs.
    • 61:07 James Perch fouled by Michael Morrison, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Camp takes the free kick.
    • 58:53 The referee blows for offside against Dexter Blackstock. Chris Weale takes the free kick.
    • 57:48 Foul by Matt Oakley on Paul McKenna, free kick awarded. Kelvin Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:43 Radoslaw Majewski produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
    • 54:06 The offside flag is raised against Michael Morrison. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.
    • 53:11 Chris Gunter challenges Lloyd Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Martyn Waghorn.
    • 51:03 Free kick taken by Kelvin Wilson.
    • 51:03 Booking The referee shows Jack Hobbs a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 50:50 Foul by Jack Hobbs on Dexter Blackstock, free kick awarded.
    • 48:31 Matt Oakley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kelvin Wilson. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Wilson.
    • 47:53 Martyn Waghorn challenges Wes Morgan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Camp takes the direct free kick.
    • 46:52 Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot. Save by Chris Weale.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+4:11 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+3:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martyn Waghorn by Wes Morgan. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:00 Substitution Paul Anderson leaves the field to be replaced by Nathan Tyson.
    • 44:00 Foul by Richie Wellens on Robert Earnshaw, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.
    • 41:58 Robert Earnshaw delivers the ball, clearance by Jack Hobbs.
    • 41:10 Inswinging corner taken by Radoslaw Majewski from the left by-line, Chris Weale makes a save.
    • 37:01 Booking The referee shows Radoslaw Majewski a yellow card.
    • 35:25 Direct free kick taken by Richie Wellens.
    • 35:25 Booking The referee cautions Robert Earnshaw for dissent.
    • 35:09 Robert Earnshaw concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Wellens.
    • 33:39 The ball is sent over by Paul Gallagher, save made by Lee Camp.
    • 31:13 Chris Cohen delivers the ball, Shot by Robert Earnshaw from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
    • 30:02 Jack Hobbs challenges Dexter Blackstock unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is delivered by Radoslaw Majewski, Robert Earnshaw takes a shot.
    • 25:50 Paul Anderson delivers the ball, Wayne Brown manages to make a clearance.
    • 24:48 Bruno Berner crosses the ball, Wes Morgan makes a clearance.
    • 23:01 The ball is delivered by Richie Wellens, Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance.
    • 21:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dexter Blackstock on Wayne Brown. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
    • 20:37 The referee blows for offside. Wayne Brown takes the direct free kick.
    • 19:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bruno Berner by Chris Cohen. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Brown.
    • 14:56 James Perch concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Gallagher. Free kick taken by Jack Hobbs.
    • 13:48 Martyn Waghorn is caught offside. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.
    • 9:51 Paul McKenna takes a shot. Save made by Chris Weale.
    • 9:38 The ball is swung over by Paul Anderson, Wayne Brown makes a clearance.
    • 8:42 Free kick crossed right-footed by Radoslaw Majewski from left wing, Wayne Brown manages to make a clearance.
    • 8:42 Booking Richie Wellens is given a yellow card.
    • 8:24 Richie Wellens gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Perch.
    • 6:18 Effort on goal by Martyn Waghorn from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • Correction - 2:37 Inswinging corner taken by Martyn Waghorn, Paul Gallagher challenges Lee Camp unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.
    • 2:37 Corner taken left-footed by Martyn Waghorn, Paul Gallagher challenges Lee Camp unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Camp takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:28 Foul by Wes Morgan on Martyn Waghorn, free kick awarded. Richie Wellens takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 27 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 33 35 69
    2 West Brom 33 31 63
    3 Nottm Forest 34 21 61
    4 Swansea 33 8 56
    5 Leicester 33 11 54
    6 Cardiff 32 15 49
    7 Sheff Utd 33 2 48
    8 Blackpool 34 9 47
    9 Middlesbrough 34 8 47
    10 Coventry 34 -7 46
    11 Barnsley 33 -5 45
    12 Bristol City 33 -7 42
    13 Preston 33 -8 42
    14 Doncaster 33 -1 41
    15 Watford 31 -3 39
    16 Derby 33 -9 39
    17 Ipswich 33 -8 38
    18 Reading 32 -9 38
    19 Scunthorpe 34 -20 38
    20 QPR 32 -8 37
    21 Crystal Palace 32 -1 34
    22 Sheff Wed 33 -19 34
    23 Plymouth 32 -15 29
    24 Peterborough 33 -20 24


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