Fine Foxes fire three past Forest

Leicester stretched their unbeaten league run to eight matches as Midlands promotion rivals Nottingham Forest lost 3-0 at the Walkers Stadium.

Last Updated: 27/02/10 at 17:32 Post Comment

Berner: Fires in for Foxes

Berner: Fires in for Foxes

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Foxes avenged their 5-1 drubbing in the reverse fixture in December with three goals in 13 second-half minutes to keep themselves firmly in the Championship play-off picture and deal another blow to Forest's automatic promotion hopes.

Swiss full-back Bruno Berner broke the deadlock after 68 minutes, Paul Gallacher curled home a delightful free-kick in the 79th minute and Andy King completed the scoring two minutes later.

Leicester consolidated fifth place in the table but a fourth successive away defeat saw Forest replaced by West Brom in second position.

Experienced midfielder Matt Oakley returned to the Leicester starting line-up after being left out of the squad at Doncaster in midweek.

His inclusion was one of two changes made by City manager Nigel Pearson who also recalled Gallacher. Nolberto Solano and Dany N'Guessan dropped down to the bench.

Forest fielded the same starting XI for the third straight game with boss Billy Davies keeping faith with the players that earned back-to-back home victories against Sheffield United and Middlesbrough.

Leicester started brightly and the lively Martyn Waghorn just cleared the crossbar with a 20-yard shot early on.

Forest responded through skipper Paul McKenna but the midfielder's long-range effort was easily fielded by Chris Weale.

The visitors began to assert themselves and Robert Earnshaw should have given Forest the lead on the half-hour mark when he was allowed a free header inside the six-yard box but the Wales international hit the crossbar.

A minute later, Earnshaw sent an acrobatic volley narrowly wide.

Forest resumed where they had left off in the first half after the break and Radoslaw Majewski stung Weale's palms with a 25-yard strike.

But Davies' side failed to take full advantage of their dominance and Berner put Leicester in front. Paul Gallacher had sent a warning shot across Forest's bow moments before when he fired over from the edge of the box.

Leicester were soon on the attack again and Richie Wellens controlled a ball on his chest on the edge of the area. He shaped to shoot but cleverly backheeled to Berner who blasted his shot beyond the helpless Lee Camp.

Another left-back, James Perch, should have equalised in the 77th minute but mis-hit his effort when well-placed in front of goal.

It proved a costly miss as two minutes later Gallacher curled a free-kick into the top corner.

Berner was involved again for the third goal, overlapping Lloyd Dyer down the left-hand side and sending in a driven cross for King to tap home from close range.

Substitute David McGoldrick almost conjured up a consolation goal for Forest in injury time but Weale tipped his effort around a post.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Scholes: Bale 'perfect' for United

Paul Scholes says Gareth Bale would be "a natural fit" for Manchester United and believes the winger could have the same impact as Eric Cantona.

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio suffers anterior cruciate ligament damage

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage.

Mark Hughes signs new contract with Stoke City to summer 2019

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has signed a new contract with the club which runs until the summer of 2019.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company