Premier League

Brentford 1-2 Leicester: Player ratings as Foxes steal the three points

By Sean Walsh
Maddison scored the winner
Maddison scored the winner / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages
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From Brentford Community Stadium - Brentford were made to pay for wasting their chances as Leicester ran out 2-1 winners in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Bees were superior in almost every aspect but the Foxes stood firm to sneak away with all three points.

Christian Norgaard nearly scored a last minute overhead kick last week against Chelsea, and came close to doing so in the second minute here, but Kasper Schmeichel was equal to the acrobatics.

Ivan Toney had a fourth goal this season disallowed as he was judged to be offside from Rico Henry's low cross to the back post. The towering striker then turned provider for Bryan Mbeumo, but his shot went just wide of Schmeichel's goal as the Bees maintained their early dominance.

Youri Tielemans gave Leicester the lead against the run of play. James Maddison's free-kick into the box was easily cleared by Henry, but the ball fell kindly to the Belgium international on the edfge of the area and he rifled one into the top corner.

Schmeichel was again at Leicester's rescue to deny Toney and the Bees went into half-time a goal down.

Maddison stung the palms of David Raya and Toney was thwarted by Schmeichel once more shortly after the break, and Brentford found a deserved equaliser on the hour mark after Zanka headed home from Mathias Jensen's corner.

Leicester re-took the lead on the break 15 minutes from time on the break as Maddison - the pantomime villain of the day - rolled the ball past Raya after being teed up by Patson Daka.

Brentford were unable to cause Leicester as many problems as they did for Chelsea at the end of their meeting last week, and Brendan Rodgers' side escaped with the win.


Brentford player ratings

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Mathias Zanka Joergensen, Marcus Forss
Zanka scored Brentford's equaliser / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

David Raya (GK) - 6/10 - Not much he could do about the goals. Great distribution once again.

Zanka (CB) - 7/10 - Booked for a late challenge on Maddison before finding the all important equaliser.

Pontus Jansson (CB) - 6/10 - Calm and collected on and off the ball.

Ethan Pinnock (CB) - 5/10 - Couple of loose touches and dribbles out of play under little pressure.

2. Midfielders

James Maddison, Christian Norgaard
Norgaard had the better of Maddison for much of the game / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

Sergi Canos (RM) - 5/10 - Couldn't really get in the game. Drifted inside more to try and get on the ball.

Mathias Jensen (CM) - 7/10 - Tried picking the lock and was eventually successful.

Christian Norgaard (CM) - 8/10 - Locked down Leicester's midfield and was unfortunate not to be on the winning side.

Frank Onyeka (CM) - 6/10 - Far more assured in possession than in recent weeks.

Rico Henry (LM) - 6/10 - Unlike Canos, was able to stretch the play and help Brentford at both ends.

3. Forwards

Ivan Toney
Toney found the net but was offside / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Bryan Mbeumo (CF) - 6/10 - A few decent chances fell his way (again) but was wasteful (again).

Ivan Toney (CF) - 6/10 - Linked up well with Mbeumo but you'd definitely rather he be the one on the end of the chances.

4. Substitutes

Kristoffer Ajer (CB) - 7/10 - So comfortable on the ball, almost as if Brentford had another midfielder on.

Marcus Forss (CF) - 4/10

Saman Ghoddos (CM) - N/A

Leicester player ratings

5. Goalkeeper & defenders

Jonny Evans
Evans was superb / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Kasper Schmeichel (GK) - 7/10 - Home fans sang that he's 'just a s*** Peter Schmeichel', but he it didn't unsettle him.

Daniel Amartey (CB) - 7/10 - Not a liability. Nice.

Jonny Evans (CB) - 8/10 - Supreme. Leicester a different beast defensively with him in the side.

Caglar Soyuncu (CB) - 4/10 - Clumsy and given the burners by Mbeumo several times.

6. Midfielders

Youri Tielemans
Tielemans scored another scorcher / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Ricardo Pereira (RM) - 5/10 - Pinned back by Henry for the most part.

Youri Tielemans (CM) - 7/10 - Scored a cracking goal and got over an early funk.

Boubakary Soumare (CM) - 5/10 - Looked very lost in midfield

Timothy Castagne (LM) - 6/10 - Dominated Canos by doing very little.

James Maddison (AM) - 5/10 - The worst player on the pitch for much of the game, and then he scored.

7. Forwards

Jamie Vardy
Vardy was brought off at half-time / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Kelechi Iheanacho (CF) - 4/10 - Barely had a sniff.

Jamie Vardy (CF) - 3/10 - Had no impact and was replaced at half-time by Patson Daka.

8. Substitutes

Patson Daka (CF) - 6/10 - Provided little other than the assist for Maddison's winner.

Jannik Vestergaard (CB) - 6/10

Ayoze Perez (AM) - N/A

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