Pressure mounts on Steve Cooper as Nottingham Forest go down as James Maddison hosts masterclass and Patson Daka produces moment of magic


Leicester achieved the breakthrough fans had been hoping for by beating Nottingham Forest 4-0 at the King Power Stadium on Monday night.

James Maddison sent a huge message to England boss Gareth Southgate with two goals and an assist in a masterful display.

Maddison scored twice for Leicester in a brilliant performance
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The match was crudely dubbed ‘El Sackico’ before kick-off, and it could spell the end of Steve Cooper’s Forest career.

The newly-promoted side went bottom of the Premier League, while the result and performance ease the pressure from Brendan Rodgers.

The King Power were bouncing back before kick-off as the fans tried to bring their team to life. And it worked.

Moments after Taiwo Awoniyi hit the post for Forest, it was Leicester who took the lead in the 25th minute.

Jesse Lingard missed a clearance and the ball fell on Maddison, whose shot was deflected by Scott McKenna to beat Dean Henderson.

And two minutes later it was 2-0 as Harvey Barnes cut down the left and deflected a shot past Henderson into the far corner.

Pressure mounts on Steve Cooper as Nottingham Forest go down as James Maddison hosts masterclass and Patson Daka produces moment of magic
Pressure will mount on Cooper after five straight losses
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Forest were imploding and Leicester stacked it as Maddison made it 3-0 10 minutes before half-time.

Cheikhou Kouyate was cautioned for knocking Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall down on the edge of the area, and Maddison added to the punishment by curling a free kick past the immobile Henderson.

Although talkSPORT’s Danny Murphy felt the Forest goalkeeper should have done better.

Pressure mounts on Steve Cooper as Nottingham Forest go down as James Maddison hosts masterclass and Patson Daka produces moment of magic
Forest were appalling as they were beaten by Leicester
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He said: “Goalkeeper, goalkeeper, goalkeeper… the free-kick rule, you should never score from the goalkeeper side. It’s a great technique, but Henderson should save that comfortably. As a goalkeeper, you only get over the wall, that’s the rule of thumb.

Daka, who replaced Vardy just after the hour mark, secured Leicester’s fourth in the 73rd minute, using a neat flick to turn Maddison’s cross into the net to put the result beyond doubt.

Pressure mounts on Steve Cooper as Nottingham Forest go down as James Maddison hosts masterclass and Patson Daka produces moment of magic
Barnes scored Leicester’s second goal as they increased the pressure on Rodgers
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It was the Foxes’ first win of the season and moved them up to 19th overall.

For Forest it is a fifth successive Premier League loss as they fall below them.

talkSPORT host Adrian Durham summed it up nicely: “The forest was a mess.”


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