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Match Ratings: Leicester vs Nottingham Forest

Foxes run riot over Forest to earn first win of the season.

Leicester City v Nottingham Forest - Premier League Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

The Foxes scored a huge win over rivals Nottingham Forest on Monday, ending their winless run to start the season. Let’s get to the match ratings from yours truly.

Danny Ward: Earned himself his first clean sheet of the season while looking solid in goal. He made a couple of decent saves, although the communication between the backline as a whole is still lacking at times. 7.

Timothy Castagne: The link-up between Timmy and Tielemans was very good at times, and he was almost always positioned well to provide an outlet off the right. He also probably saved a goal when Ward failed to claim a loose ball. 7.

Jonny Evans: While he earned his first clean sheet as captain, a person could say it was more in spite of him then because of him. He had a few loose headers and more than a few nervy, misplaced passes. However, his positioning was spot-on as always. 6.

Wout Faes: Genuinely was pretty impressive in his home debut. He dealt with a few nervy moments by just hoofing the ball long, taking the no nonsense approach. The biggest critique was that he maybe tried a few too many long balls over the top, but a good performance nonetheless. 7.

James Justin: Defended well and supported Barnes on the left well. He also continued to run for the full 90 minutes, just a really solid performance. 7.

Wilfried Ndidi: Played well for the half he was on the pitch. He was a destroyer in midfield and looked composed on the ball. Much more of what we expect from him. 7.

Youri Tielemans: Again, much more of the things we expect from Youri. He finally seemed to get the phase of his game back where he plays those splitting passes between the lines. Even with his contract situation he brings effort. 7.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall: Really should have scored but produced a top quality performance even with that missed chance. He just works so hard, so full of running, and drew the free kick that led to Madders second goal. 8.

James Maddison: I won’t get on my soap-box just yet, but how Southgate has not called this man into the England squad is completely beyond me. 2 goals, 1 assist, what else is there to say? 9.

Jamie Vardy: His movement was much better and the chances came, on a different day he scores that header. While a goal has yet to come for him, if he plays like this and the team plays like this, it will come sooner rather than later. 7.5.

Harvey Barnes: When he is in this kind of mood he is such a nightmare for defenders. His goal was a thing of beauty and Williams simply could not deal with him. 8.

Boubakary Soumare: Exactly what you want from a substitute. He carried the ball forward well which is encouraging to see. He worked hard defensively as well. 7.

Patson Daka: That finish remind many of us of a certain number 9 that’s also a fox. He was much more involved in the build-up, but the passing still needs a bit of work. Bonus point for the celebration between him and Maddison. 7.

Dennis Praet: Didn’t do anything wrong, but also didn’t do anything great either. Just a professional showing from him. 6.

Marc Albrighton: A rare appearance for him at this point in his career. Didn’t have enough time to contribute, but the fans just love this man. 5.

Brendan Rodgers: Will escape my wrath for a week! He got things right this game I must say. Madders on the wing is always a bit of a worrisome occurrence, but it paid off. The back line still needs some work because let’s be honest here, Forest should have had a couple of goals. Against a squad that is an ACTUAL relegation candidate, that is just not good enough. However, a 4-0 win is never bad is it? 7.

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