Forest's first spot kick in 14 months helps to secure a point at Leicester
SIMON Cox buried Nottingham Forest's first penalty in more than a year to help them claim a draw at Leicester City.
The Reds had not been awarded a spot kick since September 17, 2011, when Andy Reid had netted in the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Derby County.
But, this time, the penalty was enough to secure a point for the Reds against another of their East Midlands rivals, following an entertaining 2-2 draw.
Sean O'Driscoll's side twice had to come back from behind, as Adlene Guedioura netted in the 22nd minute to cancel out an early own goal from Elliott Ward.
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A clever finish from David Nugent put Leicester 2-1 up in the 32nd minute, but Cox kept his head to finish from the spot to secure the point in the 67th minute.
Leicester made a bright start, putting the Forest defence under pressure in the first five minutes, but without carving out a clear opening. While, in contrast, Andy Reid sent a shot bouncing wide with Forest's first real foray into the opposition half.
The Foxes were to make the breakthrough in the sixth minute, as Forest suffered a moment of defensive misfortune. Leicester worked the ball out to the left where Lloyd Dyer had the space to cut in towards the edge of the box and deliver a powerful low cross that Elliott Ward deflected beyond Camp as he attempted to clear at the near post.
Dyer's effort did not look to be on target before Ward's touch, so the defender will be credited with an own goal.
Leicester might have had a second when Anthony Knockaert rampaged into space down the right flank, but his clever ball across the face of goal went unconverted.
Adlene Guedioura was caught lingering in possession by Dyer as he carried the ball out of defence, leading to Forest conceding a free kick as they tried to retrieve the ball. Fortunately knockaert's shot was always rising over Camp's bar.
Former Forest defender Wes Morgan had to make a vital clearance when Chris Cohen bent in an in-swinging cross from the right, with both Billy Sharp and Simon Cox poised to pounce on the edge of the six yard box.
Then, after Cohen had been fouled, Andy King came close to an own goal with a headed clearance from another Cohen delivery which flashed wide of the post.
Forest broke quickly with Reid feeding Cox with a superb ball, but makeshift full back Jeff Schlupp – normally a striker – did enough to halt the Forest man's progress.
A foul on Sharp gave Reid the chance to try his luck from 28 yards, but his driven effort was charged down by the defensive wall.
Reid then conceded a needless free kick with a clumsy challenge on Knockaert – and Leicester should have doubled their lead as a result.
Martyn Waghorn sent a teasing ball into the centre and an unmarked Morgan just failed to make contact a few yards out, with only Camp to beat.
Forest then drew level, following a fluid counter attack down their right flank. Cohen managed to stay onside before feeding a clever pass to send Cox into a dangerous position, from where he delivered a low pass into the centre for Adlene Guedioura to drive home a simple finish.
The goal, in the 22nd minute, seemed to spark an already eventful game into life even more, with Halford and Simon Gillett combining superbly to deny Knockaert an opportunity when the French midfielder threatened to dance through on goal.
At the other end, Cohen found himself with a half-chance inside the box following good work from Cox, but failed to properly connect with a shot that bobbled harmlessly wide.
Cox was unlucky not to be awarded a free kick after being bundled to the ground by a combination of both De Laet and Morgan in an aerial challenge.
Leicester took the lead for a second time when danger man Knockaert found his accuracy with another ball into the box, lifting a cross over the Forest defence for Nugent to flick home an instinctive finish over the head of Camp and inside the far post.
King then split the Forest defence with a superb pass, sending Dyer racing clear. Camp was quick to charge to the edge of the box and did just enough to put the winger off, with the Leicester man prodding the ball past him, but also out of play, wide of goal.
Forest suffered a further blow when Ward appeared to tweak a hamstring just before half time. The on loan Norwich man was clearly struggling but, with the interval approaching, Forest were clearly hoping he would respond to treatment during the break.
The defender did emerge for the second period, with Forest kicking off unchanged and Ward appearing to be moving freely.
A howler from Guedioura almost gave Leicester the gift of an early goal, after the Algerian fed a pass straight to Nugent on the edge of the box. He, in turn, found Waghorn unmarked 12 yards from goal but, while the striker beat Camp with a low shot, Ward was well placed to make a desperate clearance off the line.
Guedioura was taken off shortly afterwards and replaced by Jermaine Jenas, who had overcome an ankle injury to take a place among the substitutes.
Forest were struggling to force their way into the Leicester half in the opening ten minutes of the half, although, when they did, Sharp sent a dipping shot over the bar from 25 yards.
Camp had to produce an outstanding save to keep Leicester's lead down to a single goal when Waghorn attacked a De Laet cross, with the keeper doing well to push the striker's header away, before Ward cleared the danger.
Nugent, who had landed awkwardly and hurt his shoulder and neck after being tackled by Brendan Moloney, had to be replaced with just less than an hour gone, with Jesse Lingard coming on.
Cox let fly with an ambitious effort that was always flying wide, receiving a rebuke from Sharp for failing to feed him in as a result.
Camp had to save again, this time from Dyer, after the winger had flashed a low shot towards the far corner of the net. While Collins had to get across to clear decisively when it seemed as though Waghorn was about to ghost through on goal.
Forest drew level for a second time as a superb turn from Sharp and some slightly generous refereeing earned them a penalty. Zak Whitbread seemed to have got a foot to the ball when he slid in at the striker's feet, but referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot.
In front of the Leicester fans, Cox kept his head to slot the penalty to Schmeichel's left, as the keeper plunged to his right to level the scores in the 67th minute.
Reid had to clear off the line when a Dyer shot deflected off Gillett – with the Leicester players angrily claiming that Gilllett had been guilty of a handball. The ball had seemed to strike the midfielder on the arm, but it was hard to judge whether there was intent, as his hands had been down by his side.
Forest made a second change, bringing on Henri Lansbury for Reid, who had worked hard down the left side.
Moloney had to time his challenge perfectly as Schlupp pushed down the Leicester left into the box and, from the resulting corner, Waghorn should have scored when presented with a free header at the near post, but his effort was well wide.
Jenas then chased back a long way to make a potential goal saving clearance as Drinkwater waited to prod the ball home at the far post.
Sharp lifted a shot high over the bar after Leicester's defence had failed to clear the ball as it rebounded around the penalty area.
But neither side could make the breakthrough before the final whistle, leaving Forest to return home with a hard fought point.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, Whitbread, King, Dyer, Waghorn, Schlupp, Knockaert (Marshall 77), Nugent (Lingard 59). Subs: Danns, Logan, James, Moore, Futacs.
Forest: Camp, Moloney, Ward, Collins, Halford, Gillett (Blackstock 87), Cohen, Guedioura (Jenas 54), Reid (Lansbury 80), Cox, Sharp. Subs: Darlow, McGugan, Tudgay, Coppinger.