First time round in this Carling Cup fixture against our supposed rivals, you could have been tempted to take up trainspotting rather than attend. But second time round is a different ball game altogether.
The return of former manager Gary Megson to the City Ground for the first time as the new boss of City, has ensured that all of a sudden this game has become of relevance. He wasn’t the most popular or charismatic of Forest managers in his time here. Suffice to say, he can expect a warm welcome as he makes his way to the dug out.
The original game was of course abandoned at half time, due to City player Clive Clarke suffering not one but two heart attacks in the dressing room (are the City Ground refreshments really that bad?). Fortunately Clarke is on the mend and recovering well. Forest were leading 1-0 at the break, but will have to start all over again on Tuesday night and hope they can repeat the good form they showed that night. The prize for the victors, is a third round tie against Aston Villa and a meeting with former City Ground legend, Martin O’Neill.
Gary Megson told the Sporting Life. ‘It’s no big deal. That is where I used to work but now I’m giving 100% to Leicester and I hope the fans will give me 100% in return.’
Nottingham Forest Team News:
Forest have no new injuries to report. The home crowd can look forward to seeing Chris Cohen in a Red shirt as he makes his expected home debut. This game comes too early for McGugan and Lockwood, but both are said to be making good progress in recovering from injury.
Player to watch: Chris Cohen
I missed his debut at Vale Park and can’t wait to see him in a Forest shirt. For my money, he was the best player in League 1 last season. He has a great future in the game.
Leicester City Team News:
Elvis Hammond (ankle)is the Foxes’ only absentee. Megson is expected to pick the same side that drew with QPR at the weekend.
Player to watch: Matty Fryatt
Matty Fryatt found himself frozen out under Martin Allen, but may be given the chance to show his prospective employers (us) what he can do.
Match Facts & Stats
Only one fact we need to remember and ensure stays intact. We have never lost a cup tie to Leicester City.
2-1 to the good guys.