Leicester 4-0 Nottingham Forest: Player Ratings
Harvey Barnes scores the second goal of the game at the King Power Stadium (Michael Regan, Getty Images)

Brendan Rodgers has given himself a lifeline after his side's shaky start to the season with an emphatic four goal win against East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest.

James Maddison stole the show with a brace, as Harvey Barnes and Patson Daka scored one each.

Forest continued their poor form as they lost their fifth Premier League game on the bounce, piling pressure on Steve Cooper and their new-look squad.

Leicester

Danny Ward - 7/10

Has struggled so far this year but finally picked up his first Premier League clean sheet. Did not have much to do against a blunt Forest attack but a clean sheet is a clean sheet.

James Justin - 7.5/10

The full back had a good game both going forward and defensively and did pretty well to contain The Reds’ only real bright spark Brennan Johnson.

Wout Faes - 7/10

Responded really well in this game after recent criticism. Did let Taiwo Awoniyi get away from him early on, but have to give him the benefit of the doubt after he picked up a deserved clean sheet.

Being Leicester's only summer signing will come with pressure and he handled himself very well, intercepting the ball to start the attack for the second goal.

Jonny Evans - 7.5/10

The experienced defender was his reliable self and provided some calmness which would have definitely benefitted his centre back partner. Made some good challenges including a last-ditch tackle to deny Awoniyi.

Timothy Castagne - 7/10

Castagne was his usual lively self getting up and down the pitch with vigour. Linked up well with Maddison when he came over to the right to double up.

Wilfred Ndidi - 7/10

Anchored the midfield well and allowed both Youri Tielemans and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall to push further up the pitch.

Back in his natural position after filling in at centre back earlier on in the season. Came off at half time so can not comment too much more.

Youri Tielemans - 6/10

Nothing too special from the Belgian as he finds his feet again after his side's slow start. Hopefully he can push on from here.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall - 7.5/10

Started really positively and should definitely have buried a header early on. Some great movement throughout and showed what he has the potential to do.

Harvey Barnes - 8/10

Dispatched the second goal gorgeously and was a real threat down the left hand side.

Showed his dangerous side, which he has done in the past, and could really develop into a quality Premier League winger if he continues.

James Maddison - 9.5/10

The best player on the pitch by a mile and a half.

Got a tad lucky with the deflection on the first goal, but was a constant threat, picked up an assist, and buried a sumptuous free kick as he has done many times before.

If he was knocking on Gareth Southgate's door before the international break, he is now kicking it down.

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Jamie Vardy - 7.5/10

He has slowed down recently as expected at his experienced age, however he played well in this game and did carve out some decent chances and picked up an assist.

Substitutes:

Patson Daka - 8/10

Took his goal with class flicking the ball past Dean Henderson and made some very dangerous runs. Needs to push on now if he is going to eventually replace Vardy.

Boubakary Soumaré - 7/10

Replaced Ndidi well and did not put much of a foot wrong.

Dennis Praet - N/A

Too late to comment.

Marc Albrighton - N/A

Too late to comment.

Nottingham Forest

Dean Henderson - 4/10

Conceded four goals on the face of it, no thanks to his defence, but did not do much wrong. A long day at the office for the England international.

Renan Lodi - 4.5/10

It must be a bit of a shock to the system for the Brazilian to go from Spanish giants Atlético Madrid to Premier League newcomers Forest. 

Could not really get near Maddison who drifted freely round the pitch. Was sat down a couple of times by the Englishman.

Scott McKenna - 4/10

Did not have a good night. Himself and Steve Cook both gave the Foxes' forwards too much time on the ball in the final third and were questionable positionally.

Steve Cook - 4/10

Similarly to McKenna he had a rough night. Must be hard to captain a team of so many new faces and try and bring some leadership and cohesion in all fairness.

Neco Williams - 4.5/10

One of the few mainstays in this Forest team over the weeks and tends to keep a good account of himself.

Let Barnes get away from him much too easily though for the winger's goal.

Probably more suited to a wingback role in a back five as the Reds have previously set up.

Lewis O'Brien - 4/10

Ran ragged by the Leicester midfield and will want to forget the night along with the rest of his teammates.

Cheikhou Kouyaté - 3.5/10

Picked up a yellow with a foul that led to Maddison scoring Leicester’s third and also had a tough time against a hungry Foxes midfield.

Jesse Lingard - 3/10

Almost non-existence and when he did get a clear chance at his feet, he took too many touches and the opportunity escaped him.

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Morgan Gibbs-White - 4.5/10

Played a nice pass through to Taiwo Awoniyi early-on, but other than that did not do enough.

Brennan Johnson - 4.5/10

Was definitely the most effective of the three behind the striker and set up Lingard's chance well, but definitely should have buried a rebound from a Ward save.

Taiwo Awoniyi - 4/10

Made some very dangerous runs and had some great chances which he should have dispatched if he is going to be a number nine at this level. Hit the post and had a shot saved which he should be scoring.

Substitutes:

Serge Aurier - 4.5/10

A harsh situation to be dropped into on his first game for Forest and return to the Premier League. Made a nice challenge which was probably the highlight of his appearance.

Remo Freuler - 4/10

Did nothing of note and failed to impact the game for the better.

Ryan Yates - 4/10

Similarly to Freuler, failed to dictate anything from the centre of the park.

Emmanuel Dennis - 4/10

Underwhelming off the bench as he came on with half an hour to play.

Orel Mangala - N/A

Too late to comment.

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