James Maddison eased the pressure on Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers and pushed Nottingham Forest to the bottom of the Premier League as the midfielder’s double inspired a vital 4-0 win on Monday.
Rodgers’ side blew Forest away with three goals in the space of 10 minutes in the first half.
Maddison struck either side of an outstanding strike from Harvey Barnes. Then, Patson Daka added a goal in the second half to give Leicester their first victory of the season; after eighth games, Leicester now has a win at the King Power stadium.
Leicester moved one spot above last-place Forest on goal difference after defeating their East Midlands rivals; giving Rodgers at least a little breathing room.
Rodgers was struggling to keep his job as manager of Leicester after they had lost their previous six games; following his criticism of the club’s Thai owners for failing to back him in the transfer window.
Ahead of what he described as a season-changing fixture, Rodgers insisted he was the “best-person” to save Leicester from relegation.
Rodgers’ players responded to his rallying cry with their best performance for months.
Woeful Forest have now gone six games without a victory, have lost five straight, and have given up 16 goals in their last four outings.