Nottingham Forest 2, Leicester 0, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, Premier League fixture

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Brendan Rodgers lined up as we expected, giving starts to Marc Albrighton and Papy Mendy. With a number of players absent we had little or no hope for a win, but a draw, would have counted.

Forest came out as the most eager from start, but Leicester managed to ease the pressure and take more and more control and also creating chances that could and should have resulted in goals.

As we all know losing massive chances such as the one in first half, when Marc Albrighton found Harvey Barnes inside the penalty area with a good and well placed pass, and as we did see, a very sloppy finish, going wide.

This is the picture lately and how players that needs to stand up when James Maddison is absent, simply are not good enough to make those finishes that could set Leicester in a position to win games.

After a first half with few chances and the one described above as the massive one, we had hopes for 2nd half, building a momentum and hopefully get a result, and it all could have been fulfilled when Harvey Barnes again was played through, this time by Tielemans, but again his shot went wide on an open goal with just the Forest goalkeeper left to pass.

Leicester could have been 2-0 up at this point, but instead we did see in our view the best player on the pitch, Morgan Gibbs-White, playing Brennan Johnson through with a smart pass, finding a pacy Brennan Johnson, as the two up and coming men again gave Steve Cooper something to celebrate. Johnson had no trboule passing Danny Ward, who again had no chance really to save the ball from going in, Forest were 1-0 up after 56 minutes.

Brendan Rodgers might have been to eager to try to fix errors as his moves in the 68th minute to bring on Brunt, Iheanacho and Preat for Thomas, Mendy and Albrighton, never really made any difference and to see the starting man on top from the previous game, Patson Daka, not even getting minutes in the next one, makes no sense, and it shows that Brendan Rodgers are out of balance with his match changing abilities.

One chance that made a change in the game was Sam Surrdige, coming on for Forest in the 55th minute. He was lively and troubled Leicester with his power and will to try to move forward. He is young as many of the Forest players are and found his way through many times.

No real momentum was established with the changes done by Rodgers and instead Morgan Gibbs-White found Brennan Johnson and again pushing the ball over the line behind his Wales team mate Danny Ward.

First half showed a bit of promise this time and also having the ability to create open chances that could have resulted in goals makes the positives, of course not being able to convert these two into goals shows the story at the moment.

Leicester are now in a difficult relegation battle with some other massive teams, also looking weak, such as West Ham, losing away to Wolves, and Everton with another setback at home vs. Southampton.

Leicester will be up against Brighton next Saturday at home, coming to the game with a 3-0 home win vs. Liverpool makes this another difficult hurdle to pass, but it could open space, if Brendan Rodgers finds the correct set up for this one.

  • Positives
    • First half being in the game and creating a massive chance to score
    • Massive possession, 61 %, shows that it would have been possible to get away with all points
  • Negatives
    • Not able to convert 100% chances into goals
    • Sad for Luke Thomas, he had a problematic evening as Steve Cooper knows the weakest link
    • Daka going from a starter to not even being played the game after
    • Again Brendan Rodgers made too many changes on 1-0 down, again missing his points
    • Relegation fight is on, we need a cange soon
    • Not able to set up Jamie Vardy, and giving him the support he needs to be able to score

Player Ratings: Ward 5, Castagne 4, Amartey 4, Faes 4, Thomas 3, Tielemans 5, Ndidi 5, Albrighton 5, Barnes 5, Vardy 4, Mendy 5 Subs: Praet, Iheanacho, Brunt

  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Youri Tielemans

Match Stats (H/A)

  • Possession: 39 / 61
  • Corners: 3 / 5
  • Shots on target: 5 / 1
  • Fouls: 11 / 12

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