Championship leaders Leicester City took a point away from East Midland rivals Nottingham Forest last night, as a late Riyad Mahrez goal saw the sides share the spoils.

The table toppers had former Liverpool man Paul Konchesky sent off for a late challenge on Jamie Mackie 15 minutes into the half, but the leaders character shined through as Mahrez grabbed his first goal for the Foxes. 

Leicester took the lead on the half-hour mark, when a poor punch from Karl Darlow saw Jamie Vardy roll the ball home to send their travelling contigent into raptures. 

But the game was flipped on its head in 12 minutes, as goals from Jamie Paterson and Andy Reid gave the Reds the lead. 

Paterson's goal was yet another header, making it four goals in three for the nippy winger, and two minutes later they had the advantage, when ex-Forest captain Wes Morgan clumsily fouled Jamie Mackie in the box, leaving the talismanic Andy Reid to do the rest from the spot.

Morgan was booked for the incident, but Billy Davies was furious over the decision not to send him off, something which saw him also receive his marching orders.

"Wes Morgan was the luckiest player on the pitch. It was a clear goalscoring opportunity. I had an exchange of words with the referee. He sent me to the stand, for raising my voice," he told BBC Sport.

Davies' side controlled much of the second half, but despite being against 10 men, chose to favour defence instead of looking to push on for a clincher. The impact of playing on Sunday appeared to take its toll on the Scot's side, with Leicester having 10 days between their last match and this. 

And on 82 minutes, it was all square when Paterson squandered all his good work by tripping Danny Drinkwater in the box, giving Kevin Phillips the chance to draw his side level.

However the usually reliable Phillips joined last night's theme of penalty misses, as he saw his shot palmed away by Karl Darlow. But Mahrez had the ball squared to him by Matty James, and the young Algerian tapped home to snatch his side a point. 

Leicester remain top and extend their lead to eight points, whilst Forest move five points off Burnley in second. 


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