Leicester 4, Forest 0, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, Premier League fixture

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Brendan Rodgers gave start to Jamie Vardy and kept faith in Danny Ward as he lined-up his team in a 4-3-3 with a free role for James Maddison as he again showed what a brilliant player he is.

The game was again dominated in play by Leicester, but early on Forest could have taken the lead, hitting the post.

From the 25th minute with the first James Maddison goal it was no way Forest would find a path back into this game. Leicester dominated everything and showed their class. Just two minutes after Harvey Barnes scored the 2nd and James Maddison again finding the net in the 35th with the third.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall also had a proper goal chance early on, but his header went wide as no one really could understsand how he missed that opportunity.

First half really showed every doubter what this Leicester team is all about and credit to Brendan Rodgers for keeping faith in players that most of us had given up totally.

Wilfred Ndidi left the field after 45 minutes and that gave Bouba Soumare a chance to play a full half to see if he can cope with Premier League action and in a way he did, but the stabilty of Ndidi was a bit missed as Forest leveled the game out in a way.

A number of hick up’s in the back 2nd half giving Danny Ward a chance to see his gloves a bit in use. He managed to keep a clean sheet for the first time in Premier League during his years at Leicester and Liverpool. All credit to Danny Ward for his performance, but it does not look all that good even on an evening with so much positives.

Brendan Rodgers made a change after 62 minutes taking off Jamie Vardy and brought on Patson Daka. Daka responded with a fantastic goal after 73 minutes assisted by James Maddison. Daka’s flick was just one special highlight on the day.

Dennis Praet and Marc Albrighton also came on later in the 2nd half as Leicester controlled a 4-0 win and managed to win their first game of the season well deserved.

Bournemouth away will be next as Leicester hopefully will unite and use this game vs. Forest as a starter of a change to try to climb the ladder in the months to come.

Khun Top was present at the game and must be very pleased with the response from the players and management as everything looked better today and hopefully this momentum will continue.

  • Positives
    • James Maddison with a maginificant performance
    • Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall putting in a good shift today
    • Brendan Rodgers getting it correctly this time, but still needs to think carefully about the goalkeeper position
    • Jamie Vardy close to scoring and looking forward to more of his free kick sprints, lovely to watch
  • Negatives
    • Danny Ward again having a shaky afternoon, but makes it up with some good saves
    • Defense not really put to a full test, but at times looked heavily shaky
    • Maddison and Soumare picking up silly yellow cards

Player Ratings: Ward 6, Justin 6, Castagne 6, Evans 6, Faes 7, Ndidi 6, Tielemans 6, Maddison 9, Vardy 6, Barnes 7, Dewsbury-Hall 7, Subs: Soumare 6, Daka, Praet, Albrighton

  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • James Maddison

Match Stats (H/A)

  • Possession: 52 / 48
  • Corners: 6 / 6
  • Shots on target: 7 / 3
  • Fouls: 13 / 12

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