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Rodgers tears into 'embarrassing' Leicester after FA Cup loss to Nottingham Forest

Current FA Cup holders Leicester City have been knocked out of the competition after a stunning loss to Nottingham Forest.

The Championship club took the lead after 23 minutes through Philip Zinckernagel before Brennan Johnson made it 2-0 just a minute later.

It became 3-0 at the City Ground when captain Joe Worrall powered in a header at the back post from James Garner's corner.

Kelechi Iheanacho responded just before half-time to give Leicester some hope.

But Forest restored their three goal advantage in the second-half when Djed Spence raced through and slid the ball past Danny Ward.

Leicester won the tournament last season with a shock win over Chelsea.

Speaking after the game, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers teared into his side.

"It was an awful performance and I have to apologise to the supporters," Rodgers said. "To come here, the first game between the two sides for a long time, a great atmosphere, in derby games you need authority and you need physicality. Those two were sadly missing from our performance.

"I said to the players after that for the first time since I've been here I've been embarrassed. It was an embarrassing performance. I feel for the supporters and the excitement of coming to here.

"We brought the FA Cup into our team meeting today so the players could see what we went through last year to win this competition, to remind them of the day at Wembley and the journey, and what it takes to win a trophy like that.

"I was looking to provide that motivation and extra desire to come out here today

"We went away to Stoke, away to Brentford, Brighton, Manchester United, Southampton and then Chelsea, European champions. We come here today and we were really disappointing."

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