26/10/2002 Leicester City
2 - 2

Forest substitute Jack Lester was the hero of the day as his late injury time equalizer earned Forest a much deserved share of the spoils.
Unlike last Sunday's game against Derby, this local derby had everything in it and made for an exciting game to watch.
Forest were in charge for much of the first half, yet it was Leicester who took the lead on 23 minutes when Brian Deane's downward header beat Darren Ward. It was Leicester's first real chance on goal and Deane took it well.
Forest weren't giving in though and they continued to apply pressure to a resolute Foxes defence.
Then to rub salt in the wounds, Dickov struck on 41 minutes to double the Foxes lead. With his back to the goal he went with an overhead kick into the corner of the net leaving Darren Ward with no chance.
The second half saw Forest come out and apply even more pressure the Leicester defence, yet it looked as if it wasn't to be. But Forest's spirit is so good these days they just don't give up and they made the much deserved breakthrough on 75 minutes when Frank Sinclair clumsily brought down Johnson in the penalty area.
The crowd had no doubt who would be taking the penalty and niether did Johnson as he calmly placed the ball. He took a short run up and placed the ball sweetly in the corner of the net - game on.
Forest kept the pressure up but it looked as if it was Leicester's day as they tried every delaying trick in the book. Then, when the fourth official showed five minutes of added time, it looked like the chance was still on.
Forest upped the tempo again and Leicester were starting to look tired, then as the last few seconds of added time were ticking away Ian Walker flapped pathetically at a Jim Brennan cross and then had to look on as Lester popped up to head into the empty net.
The sell-out City Ground crowd erupted, OK, that's an exaggeration, there were just over 4,000 completely stunned and silent fans in the Lower Bridgford end, but the rest of the crowd exploded as if we had won the game.
A great comeback...
Forest Man-of-the-Match:


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No.Player Scored Cards
17 DAWSON       
JOHNSON    1  
22 JESS  Substituted    
11 HAREWOOD       
10 LESTER  Substitute 1  


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