Maddison looks ahead to festive fixtures after Norwich setback

‘We’ll take the point and move on’: Leicester midfielder James Maddison looks ahead to challenging festive fixtures after Norwich setback

  • James Maddison says Leicester must focus on festive games after Norwich draw
  • The Foxes midfielder described his former side as ‘difficult to break down’
  • Brendan Rodgers’ men host Premier League-leaders Liverpool on boxing day
  • Leicester also travel to reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday 

James Maddison insists Leicester must refocus ahead of their mammoth Christmas clashes after their title hopes suffered a major dent.

The second-placed Foxes were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Norwich on Saturday, ending their run of eight straight Premier League wins.

It left them 10 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool, who they host on Boxing Day.

James Maddison says Leicester must regain focus ahead of a challenging festive period

Leicester also travel to third-placed Manchester City next Saturday, three days after Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final at Everton.

‘We’ll take the point and move on,’ Maddison told LCFC TV after his first game against his former club.

‘They’re down there, they’re fighting for their lives, fighting for every point and throwing their bodies on the line and sometimes that’s difficult to break down.

Maddison celebrates Leicester’s equalising goal with team-mate Jamie Vardy

‘We knew that as well, not just me, the whole team, because we did our preparation all week on Norwich and their strengths.

‘They’ve got good players going forward, wide men who get in the pockets and it caused us problems at times but likewise, we caused them problems.

‘We piled on the pressure. I think there was one team who was going to go on and win it because the majority of that second half was in Norwich’s half.’

Teemu Pukki’s ninth goal of the season gave second-bottom Norwich the lead before Tim Krul’s own goal hauled the hosts level.

Maddison insists Leicester did not take Norwich lightly despite their lowly position in the table

It was a deserved draw for the Canaries, who are now three points from safety with 17th-placed Aston Villa losing at Sheffield United.

And Pukki, who played the second half after fracturing a toe before the break, believes they should be proud of the point and can take confidence into next Saturday’s clash with Wolves.

‘It was not easy to play,’ he told ‘These things happen, I just wanted to keep playing and give my all.

‘With all that adrenaline, it helps. It was not that painful, maybe Sunday I will feel it even more.

Teemu Pukki scored the opening goal for Norwich and played on after fracturing his toe

‘It’s a hard place to come. Leicester have been on good run lately but we still had a couple of chances to score and make it 2-1.

‘Of course, we are happy with the point but we could have got even more.

‘We can take a lot of confidence from this. They have a good defence and goalkeeper but if we keep doing the same things in the next few games and use our chances.

‘I think we’ll be getting even more points in the future.’

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