Leicester vs Nottingham Forest: How East Midlands rivals' differing routes led them both to relegation worries

Leicester vs Nottingham Forest: How East Midlands rivals' differing routes led them both to relegation worries

Perhaps Brendan Rodgers could see the storm clouds on the horizon. In the wake of a 4-1 FA Cup hammering at Nottingham Forest - then in the Championship - back in February, the Leicester manager was furious.

"There are players here who may have achieved everything they can," he warned. "They've got to have a look at themselves in the mirror and fight like hell to prove they're good enough to be here."

Unfortunately for Rodgers, his message appears to have fallen on deaf ears. Seven months on and the Foxes find themselves bottom of the Premier League following a run of six successive defeats.

For Forest, that win in February only added to the momentum they were generating following Steve Cooper's appointment earlier in the season, which ultimately ended with them reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals and finally returning to the Premier League via the play-offs.

But that momentum has firmly ground to a halt upon their promotion, despite a summer that saw them sign enough players to fill a first-team squad thanks to a spend of more than £150m. Cooper's side now find themselves 19th in the table, only kept off bottom spot by Leicester.

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