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N Forest Nottingham Forest vs Leicester City Leicester

Connolly snatches point

By Patrick Goss.   Last Updated: 17/12/04 9:04pm

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An injury time goal from David Connolly gave Leicester a share of the points in a 1-1 draw against rivals Nottingham Forest.

Leicester looked set to rue missing a host of golden chances in caretaker manager Mick Harford's first game in charge of Forest.

Connolly, Jamie Scowcroft and Keith Gillespie all missed glorious opportunities to give their side the lead, and were stunned when Forest star Michael Dawson slammed home a controversial opener.

But with the game ebbing away, Dion Dublin rose to head across the box, and Connolly was on hand to smash gleefully home from close range.

Leicester could, and should, have been ahead inside the opening minute, when Forest were caught dwelling on the ball.

Connolly found space in the box, cut back inside leaving goalkeeper Paul Gerrard prostrate, but fluffed his lines at the crucial moment by not connecting with the ball.

The former West Ham man recovered his composure sufficiently to have another swing at the ball which ended up at Gillespie's feet, but with the goal at his mercy, the Northern Ireland international picked a spot too close to Gregor Robertson who blocked on the line with his trailing leg.

Connolly was looking lively despite his miss, and his low shot brought a parry from Gerrard that was woefully headed wide by Scowcroft with the goal at his mercy.

A shot from the edge of the box curled narrowly wide for Connolly, but at half time Craig Levein must have been the happier of the two managers, despite their profligacy.

Lilian Nalis had a shot just wide to open the second half, but it was Forest that got the breakthrough in somewhat controversial circumstances.

A set piece appeared to be pushed into the box by the upper arm of Alan Rogers, but with play allowed to continue, Dawson kept his composure to control, turn and smash into the net.

On-loan Arsenal man Stuart Taylor was not at fault for the goal and he showed his quality with a good save from Rogers soon after.

With the game looking destined for a home win, a long ball up was artfully headed on by the towering Dublin, and with Forest defenders appealing for offside, Connolly kept his head to atone for a mistake 91 minutes of play earlier.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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