Just as the conversation around James Maddison’s continued England exclusion was beginning to grow tiresome, he turned in an irresistible display as Leicester City routed rivals Nottingham Forest to move off the bottom of the table and pile the pressure on Steve Cooper, who conceded his team are still adapting to the harshest of surroundings. Maddison was the architect as Leicester recorded their first win of the season to trade places with Forest, who have lost five games in a row for the first time since 2004, conceding 18 goals across their wretched run.
Maddison scored twice and Harvey Barnes and the substitute Patson Daka, with a beautiful flick to convert a fizzed Maddison pass, also got on the scoresheet as Leicester traded places with Forest. By the end there were Oles as the home support crowed about the ease of victory. It felt significant that the Forest fans present offered Cooper their unadulterated backing, loudly singing his name with 20 minutes to go but whether owner Evangelos Marinakis still holds a manager who led them back to the Premier League after 23 years away in the same esteem remains to be seen.
Written by Ben Fisher at the King Power Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/oct/03/leicester-city-nottingham-forest-premier-league-match-report under the title “Maddison eases Leicester to win to deepen Nottingham Forest’s woes”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.