HomePremier LeagueLeicester thrash Forest 4-0 to move off the bottom

Leicester thrash Forest 4-0 to move off the bottom

Soccer Football – Premier League – Leicester City v Nottingham Forest – King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain – October 3, 2022 Leicester City’s James Maddison applauds fans after the match REUTERS/Craig Brough

LEICESTER, England (Reuters) – Leicester City’s James Maddison scored two first-half goals as they beat promoted Nottingham Forest 4-0 on Monday to move off the bottom of the table with their first Premier League win of the season.

The home victory in the East Midlands derby lifted some of the pressure off Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Foxes, who had taken one point from their first seven games and were the only winless side in the top flight, moved ahead of Forest on goal difference.

The visitors could have taken the lead against the run of play in the 22nd minute when a Taiwo Awoniyi shot bounced back off the post, but Leicester were 2-0 up with the King Power crowd roaring five minutes later.

Maddison broke the ice with the first in the 25th minute, his shot from just outside the box deflected in off the arm of Forest defender Scott McKenna, and Harvey Barnes doubled the lead two minutes later.

Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson’s nightmare evening continued when Maddison bagged his second with a perfectly flighted free kick in the 35th that flew over the wall and clipped the inside of the post as it went in.

Substitute Patson Daka, who came on for former England striker Jamie Vardy in the 62nd, made it 4-0 in the 73rd with a stunning backheel from a Maddison cross.

The defeat was a fifth in a row for Forest, piling pressure on manager Steve Cooper as he tries to gel a team packed with new signings, and Leicester’s first clean sheet in the league this season.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ken Ferris)