The Championship side stunned Leicester early on with 2 goals in as many minutes, Zinckernagel scoring in the 23rd minute before 20-year-old Brennan Johnson capitalised on a failed back pass in order to bag in the 24th. The Foxes failed to recover quickly and saw themselves pegged back yet again by Joe Worral’s stooping header from a corner. It was after his incensed celebration in front of the away section that the game took a turn for the worse.
As the Forest players wheeled away to react to the goal, a pitch invader from the visiting Leicester fans chased them down, catching them as they stood and huddled and proceeding to launch a flurry of punches upon the players. Most impacted by the assault was Forest forward Keinan Davis, on loan from Premier League side Aston Villa, who caught a punch form the invader square on the chin. The invader was quickly restrained, and Davis continued to play on. The Leicester fans, who hold a strong rivalry with Nottingham Forest, likely turned up expecting a comfortable victory, and clearly some could not handle the upset. The fan surely faces a lifetime ban and would be lucky to avoid criminal charges, with every camera in the stadium providing solid evidence for assault.
The game soon continued with Leicester attacker Kelechi Iheanacho igniting a chance of a comeback after an impressive finish from range after getting past the Forest keeper. The momentum felt as though it may be shifting following this goal, however its timing, the 40th minute, allowed Forest to hold out and regain some composure during the half time break. This allowed a renewed Nottingham side to crush the heart of Leicester, with Middlesbrough loanee Djed Spence contributing in the 61st minute to all but confirm the result.
The result marked an emphatic upset victory over rivals and will surely bring confidence to Forest going into the next round, in which they will play fellow Championship side Huddersfield at home.