Nottingham Forest 4-1 Leicester City (FA Cup Round Four) 06.02.22
Nottingham Forest produced a beautiful performance to emphatically knock out the FA Cup holders with a thumping victory against a Leicester team that were out battled and out played in every department on the day.
It was an electric atmosphere at the City Ground with the crowd chanting non-stop and volume turned up between these two East Midlands rivals, the first time the two sides have faced each other in eight long years and what a game we’ve been long missing.
Forest started confidently on the front foot at a packed City Ground, probing their opposition from down the A46, pressing and pushing the Premier Leaguers with persistent menace but it was Iheanacho who had the first chance of the opening exchanges, firing wide from close range after good work by Barnes on five minutes before another opportunity on ten, Lookman shot low from a corner played back to him which was blocked by a Reds defender as Samba watched worryingly on.
It didn’t take Forest long though to prove themselves a menace in attack, Keinan Davis chesting down a ball into his path and volleying sweetly against the crossbar.
Davis was a constant threat to Leicester who struggled to handle the big number nine and it was he who headed down a lovely clipped cross by Brennan Johnson on 23 into Philip Zinckenagel’s path for the Dane to open the scoring from close range.
If the roof went off the City Ground for the opener, it certainly blasted into orbit a minute later. An error straight from kick off presented Brennan Johnson to capitalise on a short back pass by Justin to place through the goalkeepers legs and number two.
Things got even better for Forest on 32 when Joe Worrall headed home a corner but a goal five minutes before half time gave Leicester some hope going into the break, Iheanacho beating Samba to the ball as the Reds keeper raced out of his goal, the Nigerian sliding home into an empty net from an acute angle.
That hope, all be it slim, was well and truly knocked out of Leicester on 61, Djed Spence, brilliant all game, racing forward like a gazelle to play a one two with Zinckernagel and finish neatly past Ward to make it four.
The last half hour was played out with the Reds in full control, the crowd enjoying every moment of Forest rubbing it in against Premier League opposition, a special performance from a team that is becoming very special indeed under their mentor Steve Cooper.
Forest now face Huddersfield Town in the fifth round of the competition at the City Ground with eye very much on a first FA Cup quarter final place since 1996. The strides the team are currently making, already that big.
Nottingham Forest: Samba, Cook, McKenna, Worrall, Spence, Garner (Cafu 88), Yates, Lowe, Johnson (Silva 88), Zinckernagel (Colback 63), Davis (Surridge 71).
Leicester City: Ward, Justin, Amartey, Soyuncu, Thomas, Ndidi, Tielemens (Dewsbury-Hall 65), Lookman (Pereira 65), Maddison, Barnes (Daka 46), Iheanacho.
Venue: City Ground (28,762)
*Main image @NFFC Djed Spence grabbed his second goal for Forest in a thumping win.