EPL: James Maddison lifts Leicester City as Nottingham Forest hit rock bottom

James Maddison of Leicester City scores their side's first goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Nottingham Forest at The King Power Stadium on October 03, 2022 in Leicester, England. 


Brendan Rodgers said Leicester have turned the corner after James Maddison inspired a 4-0 rout of Nottingham Forest that eased the pressure on the Foxes boss and pushed their rivals to the bottom of the Premier League on Monday.

Rodgers’ side blew Forest away with three goals in the space of 10 minutes in the first half at the King Power Stadium.

Maddison struck either side of a superb finish from Harvey Barnes and Patson Daka netted in the second half as Leicester won for the first time this season at the eighth attempt.

Leicester had lost their previous six games to leave Rodgers fighting to avoid the sack following his criticism of the club’s Thai owners for failing to back him in the transfer window.

Winning the East Midlands derby should give Rodgers at least a little breathing space, with Leicester moving one place above rock-bottom Forest on goal difference.

“When you don’t win games it comes on to you. We had a horrendous summer, that’s the reality of it and that continued into the start of the season,” Rodgers said.

“I just had to remind the players of their ability and continue to support them. They have bags of resilience. We just needed to turn that corner tonight and we did that.”

Woeful Forest are now without a win in six games, losing five in a row and conceding 16 goals in their last four matches.

That dismal run has turned up the heat on Steve Cooper, who took charge when Forest were bottom of the Championship last season and led them back to the Premier League for the first time since 1999.

It would be incredibly harsh on Cooper to sack him so soon after winning promotion, but Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis would have hoped for better results after sanctioning a hefty investment in 21 new players in the close-season.

“It is another disappointing result, there’s no doubt. We came with a plan and we were nowhere near good enough in the duels which was disappointing,” Cooper said.

“There were times where I felt we could have been more competitive, but I’m not looking at these lads and thinking they don’t care. They are just a really fresh group trying to come together.”

Maddison was the catalyst right from the start as he teased the visitors’ defence, but crucially Forest striker Taiwo Awoniyi hit the post after racing onto Morgan Gibbs-White’s defence-splitting pass.


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