Brentford 1 - 2 Leicester City: Post- match comments
James Maddison celebrates his winner.

The Foxes fought hard to beat a strong Brentford side in a 2-1 victory which saw Youri Tielemans produce a wonder goal.

Tielemans opened the scoring with a superb strike from distance on the half volley but the Bees fought back in the second half with Mathias Jorgensen equalising on the hour mark from a corner. 

But the away side broke away in the 74th minute after subsitute, Patson Daka was played through in on goal before squaring it to James Maddison to tap in the winner. 

"It was a brilliant win. After the week we've had, you've got to be strong minded"

Brendan Rodgers' side put together back-to-back wins in the league for the first time this season and extended their winning run to three in all competitions.

Jamie Vardy came off at half-time but Rodgers noted that he picked up a knock in the warm up: "He wanted to give it a go but I felt watching that he wasn't quite the same. That little bit of explosiveness wasn't quite there but hopefully he'll be ok.”

He also highlighted the second Leicester goal and was happy with Daka's role in the move: "The sacrifice, when a striker is through on goal and he’s come off (the) back of four goals, it shows you the spirit in the team that he squares it. Our desire to get there was pleasing." 

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"He's well on his way back, he needed a bit of time to reset"

Rodgers' spoke on Maddison's recent performances: "We’ve looked at his game and it reinforced what a top player he is. Working hard, simplifying everything, he’s now starting to create and score goals."

James Maddison scored his first goal since February which shows the run of form he has been on. He hasn't been close to reaching the levels he was showing prior but his last three performances have been a lot better.

Maddison has a lot of work to do before he can be considered for England again but he will certainly be hungry to get himself into the thinking for the upcoming squads. 

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Evans Key

It has come as no coincidence that since Jonny Evans has returned to the side, the foxes have picked up three wins on the trot. The Northern Irishman breeds confidence into the back line but also his leadership and experience has helped the team significantly. 

The main issue will be can he stay fit but if he can, City will start to climb the league and push for top four again. James Justin and Wilfred Ndidi are not too far behind which will give Rodgers huge confidence going forward. 

Leicester turn their attention to Brighton on Wednesday evening in the EFL cup. A much changed 11 is expected with starts for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Ademola Lookman likely. 

 

 

 

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