Mad­di­son ‘can be new Hod­dle’

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HOPE you all en­joyed it on telly last night. It’s worth watch­ing again and again be­cause James Mad­di­son scored the goal of this sea­son.

Gazza’s up-over-and-vol­ley for Eng­land against Scot­land 22 years ago is a con­tender for one of the best of all time.

Paul Gas­coigne took a Dar­ren An­der­ton pass lifted the ball over Colin Hendry and smashed in his shot. Sen­sa­tional.

There were three Wat­ford play­ers around Mad­di­son, who cost Le­ices­ter £20mil­lion from Nor­wich in the sum­mer, when he col­lected it in the 23rd minute yes­ter­day. He took the ball on the out­side of his right foot, off his chest, off his knee and then volleyed the ball in.

At no point did the ball touch the ground. It was like a show­biz trick you’d see on stage – but this was for real.

City boss Claude Puel, who played with Glenn Hod­dle at Monaco, said: “I think with Hod­dle it was fan­tas­tic goals all the time.

“He is a young player and if he con­tin­ues to lis­ten and to im­prove he will have a fan­tas­tic fu­ture. There is a com­par­i­son be­tween Hod­dle and Mad­di­son but Maddy has only been play­ing at this level since the be­gin­ning of this sea­son. He can im­prove to score more.”

Vardy had put

Le­ices­ter 2 Wat­ford 0 John Wragg


Le­ices­ter ahead 11 min­utes ear­lier with a penalty. By com­ing out the way he did and slid­ing into Vardy, Wat­ford keeper Ben Foster helped ref Gra­ham Scott make his de­ci­sion.

Vardy might have been look­ing for the call as he took Ben Chilwell’s pass, but when Foster came out, didn’t get the ball and took Vardy’s legs, it was ob­vi­ous what was go­ing to hap­pen.

It just needed Vardy to take ad­van­tage and he blasted past Foster.

Wat­ford’s Eti­enne Capoue was sent off for his lung­ing tackle on Kelechi Iheana­cho in the fi­nal min­utes.

His man­ager, Javi Gra­cia is ap­peal­ing against the red card, claim­ing Iheana­cho said Capoue didn’t touch him.

He also dis­puted the penalty, adding: “I won’t talk about the penalty de­ci­sion be­cause it will sound like an ex­cuse.

“What we must do is score more from all the posses­sion and chances we have.

“We are not ef­fi­cient.”

HIT: James Mad­di­son lashes home a su­perb vol­ley

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