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Southampton 2-2 Leicester City: James Maddison earns point for Foxes in entertaining draw

By Harry PooleBBC Sport
James Maddison scores for Leicester
James Maddison has scored four goals in his last six starts in all competitions

James Maddison scored for a third successive game as Leicester City twice came from behind to earn a Premier League point against Southampton at St Mary's.

The better side in the first half, Saints were rewarded for their positive start with a third-minute opener as defender Jan Bednarek reacted quickest when Mohammed Salisu's shot was saved after a corner.

Centre-back Jonny Evans drew Leicester level when he followed up Wilfred Ndidi's saved attempt, but Che Adams headed in Nathan Redmond's cross to restore the hosts' advantage before half-time.

Following a lengthy delay caused by a medical emergency in the stands, Leicester restored parity once more four minutes after the restart through Maddison - the midfielder cutting back onto his right foot and finishing neatly into the bottom corner.

Alex McCarthy produced an excellent save to deny Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy fired over after pouncing on an error by Kyle Walker-Peters as the much-improved visitors pressed for a winner.

Although it did not arrive, the point was enough to move Leicester up to eighth in the table, while Southampton sit 16th, five points above the bottom three.

In-form Maddison earns Foxes a point

Hasenhuttl praises Saints 'effort' after 'deserved' point

Ralph Hasenhuttl called on his Saints side to hit the "reset button" on Wednesday in an attempt to rediscover their early season form.

Bednarek's far-post finish in the aftermath of Nathan Tella's short-corner routine suggested his players were up to the challenge following Saturday's 4-0 humbling by Liverpool at Anfield.

Among three changes as Saints reverted to a back four at St Mary's, 22-year-old midfielder Tella impressed with his work rate, and the energetic hosts deserved their lead at the break.

Although Brendan Rodgers felt his team had "probably settled" following an inconsistent start to the campaign - Sunday's entertaining 4-2 win over Watford on Sunday was only their third in 10 in the league - the visitors were punished for a lethargic start.

Rodgers criticises 'unacceptable' first-half performance from Leicester

The Foxes have failed to keep a Premier League clean sheet since the opening day and they were unable to build on Evans' leveller as Adams drifted in to meet Redmond's cross unchallenged.

Vardy touched the ball fewer times than any team-mate as Leicester initially struggled for fluency in attack and it was Maddison, continuing his return to form with a fourth goal in six starts across all competitions, who provided the spark for a Foxes revival.

The midfielder admitted to struggling with confidence prior to his recent run, but he looked back to his best as he drove his side forward before collecting Luke Thomas' pass, beating his marker and rolling into the corner.

Excellent chances for Barnes and Vardy will leave Leicester feeling they could have taken more but it was a hard-earned point to begin a relentless run of nine matches in 28 days before the end of the year.

Player of the match

AdamsChe Adams

with an average of 7.20

Southampton

  1. Squad number10Player nameAdams
    Average rating

    7.20

  2. Squad number35Player nameBednarek
    Average rating

    6.68

  3. Squad number21Player nameLivramento
    Average rating

    6.58

  4. Squad number2Player nameWalker-Peters
    Average rating

    6.46

  5. Squad number11Player nameRedmond
    Average rating

    6.34

  6. Squad number6Player nameOriol Romeu
    Average rating

    6.33

  7. Squad number9Player nameA Armstrong
    Average rating

    6.24

  8. Squad number23Player nameTella
    Average rating

    6.21

  9. Squad number22Player nameSalisu
    Average rating

    6.19

  10. Squad number18Player nameBroja
    Average rating

    6.07

  11. Squad number4Player nameLyanco
    Average rating

    6.00

  12. Squad number24Player nameElyounoussi
    Average rating

    5.92

  13. Squad number1Player nameMcCarthy
    Average rating

    5.70

  14. Squad number8Player nameWard-Prowse
    Average rating

    5.21

Leicester City

  1. Squad number10Player nameMaddison
    Average rating

    6.71

  2. Squad number22Player nameDewsbury-Hall
    Average rating

    6.65

  3. Squad number6Player nameEvans
    Average rating

    6.50

  4. Squad number9Player nameVardy
    Average rating

    6.31

  5. Squad number29Player nameDaka
    Average rating

    5.91

  6. Squad number7Player nameBarnes
    Average rating

    5.86

  7. Squad number17Player nameAyoze Pérez
    Average rating

    5.83

  8. Squad number4Player nameSöyüncü
    Average rating

    5.75

  9. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel
    Average rating

    5.71

  10. Squad number33Player nameThomas
    Average rating

    5.67

  11. Squad number25Player nameNdidi
    Average rating

    5.65

  12. Squad number27Player nameCastagne
    Average rating

    5.51

  13. Squad number37Player nameLookman
    Average rating

    5.48

  14. Squad number42Player nameSoumaré
    Average rating

    5.18

Line-ups

Southampton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McCarthy
  • 21Livramento
  • 35BednarekSubstituted forLyancoat 85'minutes
  • 22Salisu
  • 2Walker-Peters
  • 11Redmond
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 6RomeuBooked at 48mins
  • 23TellaSubstituted forBrojaat 65'minutes
  • 10Adams
  • 9A ArmstrongSubstituted forElyounoussiat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Lyanco
  • 7Long
  • 15Perraud
  • 18Broja
  • 19Djenepo
  • 20Smallbone
  • 24Elyounoussi
  • 43Valery
  • 44Forster

Leicester

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27Castagne
  • 6Evans
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 33Thomas
  • 42SoumaréSubstituted forDewsbury-Hallat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 25NdidiBooked at 82mins
  • 37LookmanBooked at 55minsSubstituted forPérezat 61'minutes
  • 10Maddison
  • 7BarnesSubstituted forDakaat 75'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 17Pérez
  • 18Amartey
  • 20Choudhury
  • 22Dewsbury-Hall
  • 23Vestergaard
  • 29Daka
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
26,951

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home15
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southampton 2, Leicester City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Leicester City 2.

  3. Post update

    Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Redmond (Southampton).

  5. Booking

    Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Leicester City).

  7. Post update

    Nathan Redmond (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Che Adams (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mohammed Salisu (Southampton) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a set piece situation.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).

  12. Post update

    Armando Broja (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Valentino Livramento.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Lyanco replaces Jan Bednarek because of an injury.

  17. Booking

    Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).

  19. Post update

    Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Leicester City. Jamie Vardy tries a through ball, but Patson Daka is caught offside.

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