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Rodgers hails ‘consistent’ Maddison after display against Brentford

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Brendan Rodgers has hailed the ‘hunger’ from James Maddison after the midfielder inspired Leicester City to a comeback win against Brentford.

Brendan Rodgers was pleased with the ‘drive’ of James Maddison after the midfielder helped Leicester avoid an FA Cup upset at Brentford.

The Foxes were trailing to Mads Bech Sorensen’s early goal when Maddison inspired what would go on to be a comeback win.

Just 48 seconds into the second half, the 24-year-old jinked his way to the edge of the area before setting up Cengiz Under to drill in the equalizer.

Youri Tielemans then added a second from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Tariqe Fosu.

On the occasion of his 100th Leicester appearance, Maddison wrapped up a 3-1 win with a tap-in after Harvey Barnes’ shot was saved.

Speaking after the game, Rodgers gave credit to Maddison for his overall impact on the game.

“They are players that love football. James missed a bit of football at the beginning of the season, but he’s now back in and a player who needs rhythm, wants to play,” he said to the club’s website.

“He has a wonderful enthusiasm for football, he plays with that joy.”

“But he’s (Maddison) becoming really consistent as well. He has a real hunger and desire to succeed and he’s well on the path to doing that.”

“[Vardy] had the op yesterday. The likelihood is a week to 10 days before he’s back onto the pitch and then a few days more before he’s available.”

“He won’t lose too much fitness, it’s a minor op and hopefully he’ll be fit for the rest of the season.”

With the strike, Maddison is now up to nine goals and seven assists in all competitions for the Foxes this season.

Leicester will host Brighton in the fifth round.