Forest 2 City 3
An evening of extraordinary events at the City Ground ended with former Forest boss Gary Megson celebrating his first victory in charge of Leicester City, as the Foxes defeated the home side 3-2 in a Carling Cup second round tie.
The game began in bizarre circumstances when Forest goalkeeper Paul Smith was allowed to dribble from the halfway line and walked the ball unchallenged into the City net. This drew some half-hearted cheers of amusement from the home sections of the crowd, but only later did it dawn upon most of those present that the goal would be allowed to stand.
Afterwards the club explained this action was meant as a gesture of goodwill to Forest for their agreement to abandon the original tie three weeks previously. Both the Football league and FIFA (who are currently running a “Fair Play” week) have also acclaimed this generous gift. So the decision not to announce it in advance appears as inexplicable now, even in the warm afterglow of victory, as it did at the time.
The players, to their credit, fought hard to put the early setback behind them, and despite suffering a further blow when midfielder James Wesolowski was forced out of the game with a hamstring injury, managed to pull themselves level when Alan Sheehan scored with a superb 25-yard free-kick…