Tuesday 17 September 2019

Hoddle-like Maddison earns Puel's praise

Leicester City 2 Watford 0

Leicester City's James Maddison celebrates after the match. Photo: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters
Leicester City's James Maddison celebrates after the match. Photo: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters

Nick Mashiter

Claude Puel compared James Maddison to Glenn Hoddle after the midfielder's superb strike put him on the road to redemption.

England Under-21 star Maddison scored a brilliant volley in the win over Watford to cap a turnaround following last week's red card against Brighton. Jamie Vardy's early penalty put the hosts in charge and Watford never recovered, with Etienne Capoue sent off a minute from time after a two-footed tackle on Kelechi Iheanacho.

Maddison's strike marked his comeback after he was dismissed for diving in the 1-1 draw on the south coast.

And Puel - who played with Hoddle at Monaco - believes he has seen flashes of the former England manager, who is recovering from a heart attack, in Maddison.

"Yes (I have seen a goal like that) with Glenn Hoddle and I would like to wish Glenn all the best in this moment. There's a comparison there because he (Maddison) can invent some different moves.

"After his sending-off he wanted to give a good reward for his team-mates, to come back. He was very upset with himself last week. He is improving and he is an intelligent player.

"He's only played here since the start of the season. He can improve, to give more, but since the beginning he has improved. Before the talent there is the work and he worked for the team."

Vardy scored just his fifth goal of the season when he was fouled by Ben Foster in the area and scored from the spot after 12 minutes.

Maddison then completed a sweeping move - which he started - when he brilliantly controlled Marc Albrighton's cross, juggled past Adrian Mariappa and volleyed into the bottom corner.

Crystal Palace 2 Burnley 0

Crystal Palace ended their eight-match winless streak with a dominant display as Burnley's torrid campaign took another turn for the worse.

James McArthur scored Palace's first goal from open play at home this season before Andros Townsend secured the win with a fine goal 12 minutes from time.

Sean Dyche's side, now with just a single point from their last six outings, may have finished seventh last season, but the Clarets are a team devoid of confidence and relegation would appear a distinct possibility.

Palace built on their deserved point at Old Trafford last weekend with a win that provides Roy Hodgson's side breathing space from the bottom three.

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