Player Ratings as Daka shows unselfish side against Brentford in 2-1 win
Leicester City earned an improbable victory at Brentford thanks to James Maddison’s first goal since February.
After a game in which Brentford had put tremendous pressure, Maddison rolled into an empty net with 15 minutes to play.
Youri Tielemans’ magnificent strike gave City the lead at the start, but Zanka equalized from a corner after the break.
The hosts appeared to have the upper hand, but City scored the game’s second goal.
The following is how we graded the players.
Kasper Schmeichel: Made smart stops to deny Norgaard and Toney in the first half, while he got lucky with a couple of moments too, not least when he collided with Jansson. His distribution can draw moans, but he delivered a quick-thinking kick out to Iheanacho to set up the second goal. 7/10
Daniel Amartey: After marshalling Ronaldo effectively last week, Amartey came unstuck against Toney in the first half, the Brentford striker too quick and too strong, and so beating him to every ball. But in the second half, he improved significantly, winning all his 50-50s, earning chants from the fans. 6/10
Jonny Evans: With City under heavy pressure in the first half, Evans was there to relieve that, clearing his lines with his exceptional reading of the game, preventing Brentford from having the number of chances their dominance suggested they might. 7/10
Caglar Soyuncu: He’s usually so much better when next to Evans, but this was a poor outing from Soyuncu. There were nervous, hacked clearances, aimless balls forward, and rash tackles, one which earned him a booking and eventually a substitution, with Rodgers not willing to risk a red card. 4/10
Youri Tielemans: “Sign him up” chanted the fans at the end and no wonder why. Tielemans produced two moments of magic to prove why Rodgers has described him as one of the best in Europe. His goal was thunderously hit, and his first-time pass through to Daka carved apart the Brentford defence for the second. His game was not without mistakes, but those key moments make the difference. 8/10
Boubakary Soumare: Was bypassed in the first half as he struggled to keep up with the Brentford attacks, but he was solid in the second period, battling hard in front of the back-line, and nearly grabbing himself a goal. 6/10
Timothy Castagne: Did his job, as he always does, without being able to attack as much as he would have liked due to a lack of support on the left-hand side. 6/10
James Maddison: Moved the ball too slowly at first, but once he got into his stride, he was very good at taking the ball to feet and slipping away from his markers, winning free-kicks or getting a shot away. Was about to be subbed after giving the ball away twice, but then supported Daka to get his first goal since February. 7/10
Jamie Vardy: It’s not unusual for Vardy to be barely involved, but six touches in 45 minutes tell the story of how little effect he made on the game. 4/10
Patson Daka: Made the impact Rodgers would have wanted, stretching the Brentford back-line, chasing hard, and then showing an unselfish side to set up Maddison’s winner. A very good display from the substitute. 7/10
Jannik Vestergaard: Read the game well to get around his lack of pace, and was able to help City withstand late pressure. 6/10
Ayoze Perez: Pressed hard and made good choices on the ball, as well as decent close control, while nearly getting in for a goal. 6/10
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