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The King Power Stadium (ATT 30,416) 9th November 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Neil Sharp

Leicester Leicester City vs Nottingham Forest N Forest

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S Cox (31)
J Mackie (43)

Championship: Nottingham Forest beat Leicester City 2-0 at the King Power Stadium

Last Updated: 09/11/13 6:37pm

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Jamie Mackie: On the scoresheet

Jamie Mackie: On the scoresheet

Jamie Mackie and Simon Cox netted as Nottingham Forest beat Leicester 2-0 in their Championship clash at the King Power Stadium.

Cox struck on the half hour and Mackie scored three minutes before half-time to send Leicester crashing to their first home defeat of the season.

It was Forest's first win over City in the last seven meetings between the sides, but the Foxes had only themselves to blame after spurning several good chances, including a 69th-minute penalty by David Nugent.

Leicester made one enforced change, with Paul Konchesky returning from injury to replace striker Chris Wood away on international duty for New Zealand. The versatile Jeff Schlupp switched from left-back to play up front.

Forest had three changes from the side beaten by Blackpool a week ago as Andy Reid, Jamie Paterson and Simon Cox were brought in at the expense of Eric Lichaj, Darius Henderson and Djamal Abdoun.

The Foxes dominated a fast and furious first half but still found themselves two goals down because of some poor finishing and sloppy defending.

The pace of Anthony Knockaert and Lloyd Dyer troubled Forest early on but Marcin Wasilewski was booked in the seventh minute for a bad challenge on Jack Hobbs.

A few minutes later Knockaert was also yellow carded for complaining when referee Lee Mason failed to book Jamaal Lascelles for a foul on Schlupp.

But in the 12th minute, a free-kick by Knockaert should have brought a goal only for Nugent to see his header brilliantly saved by Karl Darlow.

Three minutes later the French winger produced more trickery to set up Dyer but he fired into the side netting.

The Foxes continued to waste chances with Nugent guilty again in the 26th minute, this time putting a free header from Knockaert's free-kick over the bar.

And in the 30th minute City were punished as Forest went ahead in their first meaningful attack.

Paterson cut in from the right and although his shot was blocked City failed to clear the rebound and Cox scored from close range.

It was a real blow for City and worse followed in the 42nd minute.

Henri Lansbury forced a good save out of Kasper Schmeichel but from the corner the Foxes again failed to clear their lines and Jamie Mackie pounced to put Forest two up against the run of play.

It looked an uphill battle for the Foxes to preserve their unbeaten home record and the early signs in the second half suggested Forest were looking to tighten up even more.

City brought on Jamie Vardy for Dyer in the 60th minute but there were no signs of the Foxes breaking through.

Seven minutes later manager Nigel Pearson made two more substitutions replacing Dyer and Schlupp with Dean Hammond and Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

Then in the 69th minute Leicester were handed a gilt-edged chance to get back in the game.

David Vaughan sent Danny Drinkwater toppling just inside the penalty but Nugent, who had scored six times from the spot this season, sent his shot high and wide.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Norwich City 10 20
2 Nottingham Forest 10 20
3 Watford 10 20
4 Derby County 10 19
5 Ipswich Town 10 18
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 18
7 Charlton Athletic 10 18
8 Middlesbrough 10 17
9 Sheffield Wednesday 10 16
10 Reading 9 14
11 Blackburn Rovers 10 14
12 Brentford 10 14
13 Cardiff City 10 13
14 Leeds United 9 13
15 Bournemouth 10 12
16 Millwall 10 11
17 Rotherham United 10 11
18 Brighton and Hove Albion 10 10
19 Birmingham City 10 10
20 Wigan Athletic 10 9
21 Huddersfield Town 9 8
22 Bolton Wanderers 9 5
23 Fulham 9 4
24 Blackpool 10 3

Match Reaction

Pearson: Foxes will move on

Pearson: Foxes will move on

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson described his side's first home defeat of the season as a "disappointing day for us", while Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies refused to get carried away with the 2-0 win.