Nottingham Forest v Leicester City: A blue view on red territory
Before Christmas, I wrote a bit of a preview of Leicester City’s trip to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup Third Round for the excellent Forest site Seat Pitch. With the game fast approaching, here’s an excerpt and a link to the full article as these two East Midlands clubs attempt to give their faltering seasons another timely boost after both registered much-needed victories to welcome in the New Year.
It kind of had to be ball number 22 drawn out at that particular moment in time. In January, Nottingham Forest and Leicester City will face each other for the second time this season. The first game finished 2-2. Both clubs are on manager number two of their stuttering campaigns. Nigel Pearson will return to the City Ground having won twice there since his last visit in charge of Leicester. So will he fare any better on the second coming?
Pearson’s only previous trip to his hometown of Nottingham as Leicester manager ended in a 5-1 defeat. To put this result into context, it was one of only 16 losses in 92 league games during his first spell in charge of the club. That afternoon also accounted for more than a sixth of the goals Leicester conceded away from home during the 2009/10 Championship season. It was a devastating blow, but one from which Pearson and his players recovered to reach the play-offs the following May. Forest were there as well, but neither side made it to Wembley.