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James Maddison scored twice and grabbed an assist as Leicester beat Nottingham Forest 4-0

A magnificent performance from James Maddison helped Leicester earn their first win of the season in style with a 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest. 

The Foxes opened the scoring after 25 minutes as Maddison’s shot from distance took a wicked deflection off Scott McKenna, wrong-footing Dean Henderson in the Forest goal. 

Just two minutes later, Leicester scored again. Jamie Vardy picked Harvey Barnes out on the edge of the box and the winger curled powerfully into the top corner. 

Maddison added his side’s third and his second with a fabulous free-kick before setting substitute Patson Daka up to backheel in a fourth and final strike that sends Forest to the bottom of the league.

Leicester goalscorer Barnes revealed his and his team’s elation at finally claiming a victory.

He said: “It was so enjoyable. A derby game, with the season we have had, we were desperate for that win. 

“We’ve played some good football this year, scoring a lot but also conceding a lot. So the clean sheet tonight is probably as enjoyable as the goals. 

“We spoke how important it would be to get a quick start. It was a derby game so it was going to be feisty. An early goal helps and gave us confidence for the rest of the game. 

“That clean sheet was important in the end. We know we can keep the ball out of the net and we have the quality going forward to score goals. 

“There have been a lot of mistakes. We are still playing some good football at times but also switching off, but the signs are there. It has been a long time coming and hopefully this is the start of a good run of results for us. Getting that first win will take a weight off everyone’s shoulders.”

Forest boss Steve Cooper, meanwhile, expressed his displeasure at the result.

He said: “It is another disappointing result, there’s no doubt. We weren’t good enough tactically in the first half. We came with a plan and we were nowhere near good enough in the duels which was disappointing.

“We should have gone 1-0 up, we had the chance of the game up until that point. But we are not getting good results at critical moments and again we had a spell that took the game away from us. 

“I thought we did better second half and again we had another one-on-one where we could do better and maybe the game would have changed a bit. But we are not taking those critical moments and we are at a level where it really matters. 

“Without sounding too soft it is really difficult to be too critical of the group because it is a completely new group and we are finding out about ourselves, the job. 

“The players never gave up. I’m not questioning their effort or work rate. 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.”

Leicester dominated Nottingham Forest until their fourth goal

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Leicester are the last team in this season’s Premier League to register a win, with the Foxes tasting victory for the first time in eight top-flight games (one draw, six defeats), since a 4-1 home win over Southampton in May.

Leicester became just the fifth side in Premier League history to score three or more goals from outside the box in the first half of a Premier League game and the first to do so since Manchester United against Watford in November 2017.

There were just 109 seconds between Leicester’s first two goals in the first half, with the Foxes netting three first-half Premier League goals for the first time in 33 games.

Maddison netted his 49th and 50th goals in all competitions for Leicester against Forest, with the midfielder’s haul of 27 Premier League goal involvements since the start of last season (17 goals, 10 assists), the second-most of any English player in that time (Harry Kane on 34).

Since making his Premier League debut in August 2018, Maddison has scored 17 goals from outside the box, more than any other player, while only James Ward-Prowse (12) has netted more direct free-kicks in the competition during this period than the Leicester playmaker (eight).

Forest have now suffered five league defeats in a row in a single season for the first time since January 2004.

Source: Livescore

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