Leicester City are no longer bottom of the league, after winning 4-0 against Nottingham Forest last night – their first win of the season.
Yesterday’s game took place at Leicester’s King Power Stadium (October 3), with James Maddison running the show and scoring twice for the Foxes, in the 25th and 35th minutes.
Harvey Barnes and substitute Patson Daka added classy goals to the tally to ensure Leicester secured their first win of the season in style.
The win, which is Leicester’s first in eight matches, means that the team move off the bottom of the Premiere League table, putting Forest there instead.
After the game, manager Brendan Rodgers talked about it being a “season changing game” adding that the team “played some fantastic football.”
Asked if the victory had come as a personal relief, Rodgers added: “I’m just more pleased for everyone else. It was a big night for us.
“It was great to see the players perform in a pressure game and get the result to send the supporters home happy. Now we will look to build on that. It’s a good feeling. For me, I’ll continue to encourage and support and manage the players and encourage them to be the best we can be. Hopefully we can push on.”
City’s star player James Maddison described it as a “brilliant night”, and one which was “very much needed.”
“It’s been a bit of a tough period for us as you’d expect when you’re bottom of the table and winless after seven games,” he said.
“It’s tough for confidence, you can tell yourself you’re not low on confidence but almost subconsciously you are as a group and you’re waiting for your first win. It was a brilliant night, a local derby, Monday night football under the lights and it was a brilliant performance at a packed out King Power Stadium.
“Over the course of the game, we were the clear winners and better in every aspect. They obviously had the chance and hit the post, apart from that one at the end, they had very little. We had a lot of chances, a lot of the ball and attacked, so we were deserved winners and it was a really positive performance.”
Maddison revealed that City gathered inspiration from their last clash with Nottingham Forest, using the 4-1 defeat as motivation to beat their East Midlands rivals.
He said: “We actually had a different team talk tonight from the gaffer, I hope he doesn’t mind me elaborating a little bit, but he showed us a video in the changing rooms before we went out of basically the clips of last year’s game at Forest.
“It had their goals and what the pundits said. It was frustrating to watch, and it fired us up in a way. It was very clever, and we went out with that in mind.”