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Posted Tue 27 Mar 12 at 21:45 PM

Leicester City 0 - 0 Nottingham Forest

A solid defensive display saw Forest earn a well-fought point in a 0-0 draw at King Power Stadium.

The first chance of the game fell to Dexter Blackstock on six minutes, but his header lacked power for Kasper Schmeichel to easily deal with.

Forest kept up the early pressure with Joel Lynch coming close to connecting with an Andy Reid free-kick, and Blackstock firing just wide of Schmeichel's right-hand post after hassling Sean St. Ledger off the ball.

On 11 minutes Adlene Guedioura also came close, having received the ball on the edge of the box he shifted onto his left foot, but his shot was well saved low by Schmeichel.

The pressure sparked the home side into life, and they enjoyed much of the following period in the Forest half.

On 13 minutes Greg Cunningham had to make a vital block from Lloyd Dyer's volley at the back post, and a minute later Ben Marshall rose above Scott Wooton, but his header was comfortably saved by Lee Camp.

The Forest keeper was called into action again moments after this, but he saved well from Sol Bamba's dangerous 20-yard volley.

Forest gained a brief respite from the pressure on 20 minutes, with Cunningham's shot cleared only as far as Guedioura, who shot wide from the edge of the box.

Leicester's best period of the first half came on 26 minutes, as David Nugent's fierce strike was superbly tipped round the post by Lee Camp, and the England striker came close five minutes later, but his shot was blocked from six yards out.

The home side should have taken the lead on 34 minutes, after a good run from Bamba saw him lay the ball to Beckford, who played in Dyer, but with a clear sight of goal he stroked inches wide of Camp's left-hand post.

The first booking of the game came two minutes later, as Scott Wooton was cautioned for a foul on Dyer.

The final chance of the half came as Wooton made an advance up the pitch and found Chris Gunter on the edge of the box, but he couldn't get his shot on target.

The last action of the half saw Danny Drinkwater booked for a foul on Radoslaw Majewski, and the first period came to a close level at 0-0.

The second half struggled to find impetus in the early stages, with Drinkwater having the only chance, but his shot from 10 yards deflected straight into the hands of Camp.

On 62 minutes Forest broke quickly down the left with Andy Reid, his pull back found Majewski on the edge of the box but his left-footed shot went straight into the hands of Schmeichel.

The first change of the game came on 65 minutes, with Jeffrey Schlupp replacing David Nugent for the visitors, and four minutes later Forest brought off Majewski in place of Marcus Tudgay.

On 75 minutes Andy Reid delivered a whipped free-kick, which Joel Lynch got a head to, it shaved the top of the bar but Lynch was flagged offside.

The hosts made their second substitution four minutes later, with Steve Howard replacing Lloyd Dyer.

Forest came close again on 81 minutes, after an Andy Reid corner was cleared away, the ball was played out to Reid, whose delivery was met by Luke Chambers, but his header went well over Schmeichel's crossbar.

The visitors made a late change as Reid came off for Danny Higginbotham, and the game ended scoreless with Forest leaving with a point.

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Wootton, Chambers(C), Lynch, Cunningham, Gunter, Guedioura, Moussi, Reid(Higginbotham, 90+3min), Majewski(Tudgay 69min), Blackstock
Subs not used: Smith(GK), McGugan, Miller,
Bookings: Wootton 36min

Leicester City: Schmeichel (C), Peltier, Konchesky, Bamba, Dyer(Howard 79min), St. Ledger, Drinkwater, Beckford, Marshall, Morgan, Nugent(Schlupp 65min)
Subs not used: King, Kennedy, Moore
Bookings: Drinkwater 45min

Referee: S Mathieson, Cheshire
Attendance: 23,412 Away attn: 1,348

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