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Maddison reveals why Aston Villa goal carried extra meaning

James Maddison said scoring against Aston Villa carried extra significance because he used to play for their their Midlands rivals Coventry City.

The Leicester City midfielder struck a fabulous opening goal in the 19th minute of the 2-1 win at Villa Park before Harvey Barnes doubled the lead a short time later.

Bertrand Traore did give Villa hope of a fightback three minutes after the break, but Brendan Rodgers’ side held on to the lead to claim another priceless three points.

And the midfielder wasted no time in taking to social media to celebrate the victory and couldn’t resist referencing the fact he was a former Sky Blue.

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He Tweeted: “As a Coventry boy playing for @LCFC scoring against the Villa is a bloody good feeling. Great 3 points.”

Maddison played 31 games for the Sky Blues for the club having graduated from their youth team before he joined Norwich.

He later returned to his hometown club for a loan spell in which he played 11 games but it was his form for the Canaries that eventually tempted Leicester to pay £22.5m for his signature in 2018.

His performance against Villa drew plenty of praise from Sky Sports pundit Micah Richards who marvelled over his display in the first half at Villa Park.

During the interval, he said: “Leicester have been totally dominant,” he said.

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“It all starts with Maddison. We bigged him up before the game and the pockets he is finding is just ridiculous.

“Douglas Luiz doesn’t know where to go. Look at the amount of space. If he can play this well in that number 10 role then there is no reason why he can’t get into the England team.

“Nobody is even tracking him. John McGinn is playing a little bit further forward, but let’s not take anything away from the finish.

“Maybe Martinez could do a little better, but it’s gone through Mings’ legs. It was a terrific finish, it really was.”

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