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We're in the play-offs - Forest 2 Leicester City 3

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It seems miracles can happen in football. A goal from Anthony Knockaert in the first minute of added time secured a 3-2 for Leicester City over rivals Nottingham Forest at the City ground for the first time in the league since 1972. And with Bolton, who were in their best run of home form for 20 years, only managing a 2-2 draw with Blackpool, Nigel Pearson's men leapfrogged them and booked their place in the Championship play-offs in the most dramatic of fashions. City got off to the worst possible start in their hunt for the top six when they failed to deal with a cross from Andy Reid and, with the ball bouncing around the six-yard area, Simon Cox was the first to react and he rifled home after four minutes. The visitors didn't get into the game during first 10 minutes and fears of an abject away performance like Barnsley looked to be realised. But that changed in the 23rd minute when a short corner found Matty James and the midfielder cut inside and his deflected attempt on goal wrong-footed the keeper and nestles itself in the bottom corner. It looks as though it was going to be another case of missed opportunities as City created chance after chance but couldn't find the way through. David Nugent, who came back into the starting line-up for the game spurned three good chances in quick succession and it looked like it could well have been one of those days. But just minutes before the break, Anthony Knockaert, who looked a lot like his former self this afternoon, weaved his magic down the left and put a delightful ball across which was nodded in on the line by Andy King. Forest should really have gone into the break on level terms as Reid continued to wreak havoc from set pieces and only a sprawling Schmeichel, and two goal-line clearances from Jeff Schlupp kept City in front at the break. The second period was almost a carbon copy of the first as Forest started quickly while City looked still to be in the dressing room. Another tantalising cross from Reid from a free-kick found the head of Elliott Ward and Forest found themselves level. City found their feet once again and continued to create a number of glorious chances but failed to take them. Chris Wood shinned his first-time effort well wide from just six yards out before heading wide a few minutes later. With just minutes to go and both sides needed to win, the play became more and more stretched but as City couldn't find the breakthrough, it looked as though it was going to be another tale of 'what if?' for the boys in blue. But when the fourth official's board went up to display four added minutes, all that changed as City broke away and Knockaert and Wood found themselves two-on-one. Knockaert played it into Wood who took a touch, drew the keeper before laying it back to the Frenchman who merely had to pass the ball into the back of the net to score the first winner against Forest in the league since Alan Birchenall's winner back in 1972. The game was slightly marred after the goal following an altercation with a section of the Forest fans and the City bench. It apparently started after Lloyd Dyer, who had been substituted, ran on to the pitch to celebrate and was booked. But nothing was going to spoil the party for Nigel Pearson, his side and the 2,000 travelling City fans as they heard the final whistle and news filtered through of the result at the Reebok. City will now face a deflated Watford side who had conceded a late goal against Leeds which killed off their automatic promotion chances. Watford will also be without star striker Troy Deeney, who was sent off in the game.

We're in the play-offs - Forest 2 Leicester City 3


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