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Leicester thrash Forest to move off bottom

Published on: 03 October 2022

James Maddison has now scored five goals in seven Premier League matches for Leicester this season

Leicester secured their first win of the season as they hammered Nottingham Forest to dump their local rivals on the bottom of the Premier League and pile the pressure on manager Steve Cooper.

James Maddison scored twice and created another for substitute Patson Daka, with Harvey Barnes curling home a superb effort as Brendan Rodgers' side recorded their biggest home win since December.

For Forest, this first top flight East Midlands derby since 1999 was a night to forget.

Cooper's side never recovered from conceding twice in as many minutes not long after striker Taiwo Awoniyi had struck a post when clean through on the home goal.

The Forest fans bellowed their support for Cooper as they sang songs of defiance with the game gone and their team slipping to a fifth straight defeat in a single season for the first time since January 2004.

However, after celebrating a long-awaited return to the Premier League after a 23-year absence, owner Evangelos Marinakis did not sanction the outlay on 23 summer signings in a belief Forest were about to go straight back down.

Cooper must hope his boss shows him more patience than former Huddersfield manager Carlos Corberan, who was sacked after 11 games at Marinakis' Greek club Olympiakos earlier this month.

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A 'Top' night for Leicester

The evening was significant enough for Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha to fly in from Thailand to watch the team his family bankrolled to their memorable Premier League title in 2016 but cut spending on this summer, something he described as a "difficult short-term decision".

In his programme notes he spoke of how a positive result could "galvanise" the club but as the game started, he had the expression of a man who could be a couple of hours away from having to make a very big decision.

As it turned out, by half-time the man affectionately known as Khun Top by Foxes fans was high-fiving supporters, who were ecstatic at how the evening was turning out.

Leicester's opening goal required a couple of bits of fortune through Jesse Lingard's mis-control and Scott McKenna's deflection but the efforts that followed were moments of unquestioned quality, with Daka's flick from Maddison's cross to round off the scoring 17 minutes from time particularly impressive.

Rodgers certainly enjoyed them as he hugged his coaching staff, the joy at gaining that precious win obvious.

Player of the match

MaddisonJames Maddison

with an average of 8.59

    LeicesterLeicester CityLeicester CityNottm ForestNottingham ForestNottingham Forest

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Squad number20Player nameDakaAverage rating


Squad number7Player nameBarnesAverage rating


Squad number22Player nameDewsbury-HallAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameFaesAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameTielemansAverage rating


Squad number42Player nameSoumaréAverage rating


Squad number2Player nameJustinAverage rating


Squad number27Player nameCastagneAverage rating


Squad number6Player nameEvansAverage rating


Squad number26Player namePraetAverage rating


Squad number25Player nameNdidiAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameWardAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameVardyAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameAlbrightonAverage rating


Nottingham ForestAvgSquad number20Player nameJohnsonAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameGibbs-WhiteAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameHendersonAverage rating


Squad number24Player nameAurierAverage rating


Squad number14Player nameO'BrienAverage rating


Squad number26Player nameMcKennaAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameMangalaAverage rating


Squad number7Player nameN WilliamsAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameAwoniyiAverage rating


Squad number22Player nameYatesAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameS CookAverage rating


Squad number25Player nameDennisAverage rating


Squad number32Player nameRenan LodiAverage rating


Squad number21Player nameKouyatéAverage rating


Squad number23Player nameFreulerAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameLingardAverage rating


    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


Formation 4-1-4-1


    1Ward27Castagne6Evans3Faes2Justin25NdidiSubstituted forSoumaréat 45'minutesBooked at 71mins10MaddisonBooked at 83minsSubstituted forAlbrightonat 85'minutes8TielemansSubstituted forPraetat 80'minutes22Dewsbury-Hall7Barnes9VardySubstituted forDakaat 62'minutes



Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Henderson7N Williams3S Cook26McKenna32Lodi dos Santos21Kouyaté14O'Brien20Johnson10Gibbs-White11Lingard9Awoniyi

    1Henderson7N WilliamsBooked at 18minsSubstituted forAurierat 45'minutes3S CookBooked at 90mins26McKenna32Lodi dos Santos21KouyatéBooked at 33minsSubstituted forFreulerat 45'minutes14O'BrienSubstituted forYatesat 45'minutes20Johnson10Gibbs-White11LingardBooked at 64minsSubstituted forMangalaat 69'minutes9AwoniyiSubstituted forDennisat 62'minutes



Referee:Robert JonesAttendance:32,202Match StatsHome TeamLeicesterAway TeamNottm ForestPossessionHome52%Away48%ShotsHome17Away10Shots on TargetHome7Away3CornersHome6Away6FoulsHome13Away12Live Text Post update

Match ends, Leicester City 4, Nottingham Forest 0.

90'+4'Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 4, Nottingham Forest 0.

90'+3'Post update

Foul by Harvey Barnes (Leicester City).

90'+3'Post update

Emmanuel Dennis (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90'+2'Post update

Foul by Harvey Barnes (Leicester City).

90'+2'Post update

Sèrge Aurier (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Steve Cook (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90'+2'Post update

Boubakary Soumaré (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'+2'Post update

Foul by Steve Cook (Nottingham Forest).

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Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89'Post update

Foul by Renan Lodi (Nottingham Forest).

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Attempt saved. Morgan Gibbs-White (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emmanuel Dennis with a cross.

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Attempt missed. Emmanuel Dennis (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sèrge Aurier with a cross.


Substitution, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton replaces James Maddison.


James Maddison (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Foul by James Maddison (Leicester City).

83'Post update

Renan Lodi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83'Post update

Foul by James Maddison (Leicester City).

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Orel Mangala (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Patson Daka (Leicester City).

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