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The City Ground (ATT 24,808) 19th February 2014 - Kick off 19:45

N Forest Nottingham Forest vs Leicester City Leicester

N Forest 2

J Paterson (39)
A Reid (pen 43)

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Leicester 2

J Vardy (29)
P Konchesky (S/O 60)
R Mahrez (82)

Championship: Leaders Leicester draw 2-2 at Nottingham Forest

Last Updated: 19/02/14 10:24pm

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Riyad Mahrez: Celebrates his equaliser at the City Ground

Riyad Mahrez: Celebrates his equaliser at the City Ground

Nottingham Forest were denied the chance to blow the Sky Bet Championship promotion race wide open as Riyad Mahrez earned 10-man Leicester a point with a late goal as a drama-filled east midlands derby ended 2-2.

Billy Davies' hosts fought from going a goal down to Jamie Vardy's 29th-minute strike to take a 2-1 lead through a thumping header from Jamie Paterson and an Andy Reid penalty just before the break.

Nigel Pearson's league leaders were far from beaten however and, despite being a man light following Paul Konchesky's 60th-minute red card, snatched a 2-2 draw late on when Mahrez fired home amid a goalmouth scramble after Karl Darlow had saved Kevin Phillips' penalty.

Forest had been the first to threaten with Reid bending a free-kick just the wrong side of the post, while Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had to be at his best to push away a bending shot from Paterson.

Leicester were not without attacking menace, with David Nugent attempting to catch Darlow out with a clever, angled shot that the goalkeeper dealt with.

Forest defender Danny Collins was then left with his head in his hands after seeing Schmeichel acrobatically push his far-post header from a Reid corner onto the bar.

Leicester took the lead after questionable moment from Darlow, who rushed to the edge of his box to contest a high ball with Nugent but managed only to punch tamely to Vardy who fired into the exposed net.

Anthony Knockaert and Danny Drinkwater both came close with long-range efforts for the visitors, but it was Forest who were to enjoy a dramatic revival.

First Paterson powered an emphatic header into the corner of the net from 15 yards after Schmeichel had only half punched clear a Reid corner, to pull the

home side level on 39 minutes.

Then former Forest defender Wes Morgan suffered a nightmare moment, dragging down Jamie Mackie to concede a penalty. It might have been worse for the Foxes skipper, who escaped with a yellow card. But Reid delivered further punishment from the spot, lashing an unstoppable shot low to the keeper's left.

Morgan made amends with an outstanding block immediately after the interval, denying Simon Cox a certain goal by intercepting Paterson's driven cross. But Konchesky did not show the same composure as a crunching clash with Mackie saw the former Forest man shown a red card, with half an hour still to play.

It was Leicester who provided the final twist in the 82nd minute, however, after Paterson had blocked Matty James in the box.

Veteran Phillips saw his penalty saved brilliantly by Darlow but James fed the loose ball to Mahrez who fired home.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 28 54
2 Derby County 28 54
3 Middlesbrough 28 53
4 Ipswich Town 28 51
5 Brentford 28 49
6 Watford 28 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 45
8 Norwich City 28 44
9 Blackburn Rovers 28 39
10 Sheffield Wednesday 28 38
11 Birmingham City 28 37
12 Nottingham Forest 28 34
13 Cardiff City 28 34
14 Bolton Wanderers 28 34
15 Fulham 28 34
16 Reading 28 34
17 Huddersfield Town 28 34
18 Charlton Athletic 28 33
19 Leeds United 28 32
20 Rotherham United 28 30
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 28 29
22 Millwall 28 27
23 Wigan Athletic 28 22
24 Blackpool 28 20

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