Nottingham Forest 4, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, FA Cup fixture

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Again an unpredictable Brendan Rodgers made killer moves in his selection placing his captain Kasper Schmeichel on the bench as he struggles to establish some type of stability in the team and you end up deciding to drop your captain.

What type of tea Brendan Rodgers drinks before games, who knows, but to drop Kasper was a strange decision that of course will be looked at as a clear mistake if you want a win in a 5th round FA Cup game against a local rival.

To Brendan Rodgers defense thinks looked settled from start but the way the two first Nottingham Forest goals appeared makes it just difficult to accept those decissions he made.

Forest did shock Arsenal in the previous round and they do have a few players in their team that can upset anyone. Loan signing Spence and the tricky flank man Johnson both able to set up danger on their own.

The Forest team was good composed and they had done the job and wanted to attack and build a foundation that would upset Leicester. Garner was massive inside their midfield area making Youri Tielemans look like a watcher for most of the game.

Kelechi Iheanacho managed to get some type of hope with his nice goal in the 40th minute, but with Worrall scoring after 32, it was a tall walk back to a result that could see any hope.

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In 2nd half the situation happening inside the Forest penalty area that some felt was a possible Leicester penalty with Lookman going down, no whistle blown and Forest directly counter attacked. The goal from Spence was just a fantastic work of football being assisted perfectly by Zinckernagel.

Of course a very difficult day for Leicester but playing a team from a division below you must be better than this. The team fielded today should be able to at least give Forest a game but they did not and that was a shame.

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Danny Ward had to pick out four balls from the net. This should not be possible and it was just showing again how much this team lack of leadership when Evans and Vardy are absent and then to leave out Kasper Schmeichel is a bit of a riddle.

A packed City Ground made this a special day for Forest. After a dissappointing result and many goals conceded against Man City, Leicester came straight back and defeated Liverpool, but we certainly do not believe that will happen on Wednesday, it looks very difficult at this moment.

Massive games coming up against Liverpool first, West Ham next and then Randers in Europe. We just hope things will change but what we experienced today was terrible, terrible and terrible.

Good to see Ricardo Pereira back in action and with the struggles Luke Thomas had today you start to wonder if he is ready for the big moments against difficult opponents and teams with a certain quality.

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Leicester never really came into any type of stylish play despite having 62% possession, to many square passes and strange runs with one minor attempt from James Maddison in the 2nd half. The shot went wide and it looked as if the Forest goalkeeper had control.

Just to forget, but we believe Brendan Rodgers will be under some sort of pressure if he don’t get a massive reaction in the games coming, but to play away at Anfield is not easy.

  • Positives
    • Iheanacho and Ndidi back in action for Leicester
    • A positive start and a good goal from Iheanacho
    • James Justin trying his best, Leicester’s best player
    • Pereira coming on and getting minutes
  • Negatives:
    • Brendan Rodgers again missing a clear point, dropping Kasper Schmeichel
    • Strange to see him also drop Daka who has been on form
    • Probably underestimating Forest and in some way resting players?
    • Tielemans what has happened to him?
    • Again not using all five subs, and strange management from the bench
    • Leicester fan on the pitch attacking Forest player
    • Strange to see 62% possession ending in a 1-4 loss

Player Ratings: Ward 3, Justin 5, Amartey 4, Soyuncu 4, Tielemans 3, Ndidi 4, Maddison 5, Iheanacho 5, Lookman 4, Barnes 3, Thomas 3, Subs: Daka, Dewsbury-Hall, Pereira

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • James Justin

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 38 / 62
  • Corners: 4 / 8
  • Shots on target: 7 / 2
  • Fouls: 17 / 14

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