Forest penalty decision knocked stuffing out of our team, says Leicester City's Andy King
Leicester City midfielder Andy King said the controversial penalty award that gave Nottingham Forest a point had been a body blow.
King felt City were comfortable and the more likely to add to their 2-1 advantage when referee Anthony Taylor gave Forest a penalty, which had City boss Nigel Pearson raging on the touchline.
There was more controversy minutes later, when Simon Gillett handled Lloyd Dyer's shot inside the Forest penalty area, but Taylor did not give the spot-kick. King said he did not see that incident clearly enough.
"That had determined the final score," said King. "I think the same as our manager, the same as their manager and the same as the majority of people in the stadium and those on the pitch. But his decision is the one that counts and we have to get on with it.
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"I couldn't see it at the time but I have heard that he (Gillett) has moved his arm towards the ball.
"I didn't have a good enough view to judge that one, but certainly their penalty looked overly harsh on Zak.
"At 2-1, I thought we were the team creating the better chances, but after it went back to 2-2 it knocked the stuffing out of us. They could sit back a bit more because they were happy with the draw and it made it a bit harder for us to break them down and get ahead again. At 2-1, I thought we looked comfortable but the referee's decision changed the game."
City had led through a wonderful finish from David Nugent and both sides had played their part in an entertaining game, but referee Taylor became the talking point and King said that had detracted from what had been a good advert for the Championship.
"It was a great ball from Ant (Knockaert) and a top finish from Nugent," said King.
"Both players are capable of that skill. That was a great goal and we looked comfortable at that point. We have a draw when we should have won.
"It was a local derby between two good teams with some good players, and both teams will be hoping to be up there challenging at the end of the season. It didn't surprise me it was such an entertaining game.
"But the way the game has ended is not what anyone wants to see."