Leicester midfielder James Maddison hits back at media criticism

‘RUBBISH. Play like that and we’ll be absolutely fine’: Thin-skinned James Maddison hits back at media criticism of relegation-threatened Leicester – and insists they ‘created BRILLIANT chances’ despite their woeful defeat at Southampton

  • Southampton leapt off the bottom with a 1-0 win against Leicester on Saturday
  • James Maddison has hit back at the media’s criticism of the Foxes’ performance
  • The midfielder urged that his side would have won ‘comfortably on another day’

James Maddison has criticised claims that Leicester played poorly during their 1-0 defeat by Southampton on Saturday, hitting back at ‘rubbish’ media criticism of the performance on social media.

Brendan Rodgers’ side suffered a narrow loss in their crucial six-pointer against the Saints at the weekend, falling to 15th in the table just two points above the relegation zone.

Carlos Alcaraz’s first-half strike handed the hosts a vital lead before the break and Leicester were unable to find an equaliser, failing to register a single shot on target despite 11 attempts on goal.

Furious with the media’s criticism of Leicester’s performance, Maddison took to social media on Tuesday to hit back at claims that the Foxes are at serious risk of relegation.

He urged that his side ‘created numerous brilliant chances’ at St Mary’s and will have no problem escaping the drop if they match those efforts in future games.

James Maddison rubbished claims that Leicester are in danger of Premier League relegation

Responding to an article written by The Athletic, Maddison tweeted: ‘Rubbish. Watch and analyse the game properly and stop writing headlines like that which you know makes fans pile on with negativity. 

‘Play like that and we’ll be absolutely fine. Created numerous brilliant chances and win comfortably on another day.’

The article accused Leicester of showing fragility in defence and wasting several chances during the match, whilst also managing the game poorly.

Leicester have not been in relegation trouble since their first campaign back in the top-flight in 2014-15.

Carlos Alcaraz netted in the first half to hand Southampton a crucial 1-0 win against the Foxes

Maddison urged that Leicester ‘created brilliant chances’ and would have won on another day

The loss on the south coast marked Leicester’s third successive defeat in the Premier League, which now has nine teams at genuine risk of relegation.

Southampton climbed off the foot of the table but are still in the relegation zone alongside Everton and rock-bottom Bournemouth.

However, only six points separate the Cherries from Crystal Palace in 12th place, and Wolves, Nottingham Forest, West Ham and Leeds could easily find themselves in the drop zone as well after a couple of slip-ups.

Leicester face six of the bottom nine before the end of the campaign, with a crucial clash against the Hammers on the final day of the season.

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