‘We’re so hungry for the Champions League – it is two points dropped’: James Maddison laments Watford’s late equaliser against Leicester in return to Premier League action
- James Maddison has admitted his disappointment after 1-1 draw against Watford
- Leicester took the lead in the last minute of normal time through Ben Chilwell
- But Watford levelled through Craig Dawson in the third minute of stoppage time
- Maddison also revealed he found it ‘strange’ to play behind closed doors
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James Maddison has expressed mixed feelings after Leicester conceded a stoppage-time leveller during their 1-1 draw away to relegation-threatened Watford.
Both teams showed signs of rustiness at Vicarage Road as they played for the first time after the long sporting lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and manufactured crowd noise and empty stands created an eerie atmosphere.
Ben Chilwell eventually opened the scoring on 90 minutes, firing an unstoppable shot into the top corner with Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster rooted to the spot.
James Maddison admitted his disappointment after Leicester conceded a late goal at Watford
The Hornets grabbed a valuable point three minutes later Craig Dawson scored an overhead kick from close range, moving them further away from the drop zone.
The Foxes missed the opportunity to move within four points of second-place Manchester City, but Maddison was able to look on the bright side after producing a strong display in his first appearance since the season was suspended in March.
‘I’m so happy, playing with a smile on my face, back doing what we love,’ he told lcfc.com.
Ben Chilwell gave the Foxes the lead on 90 minutes when he fired into the top corner
Craig Dawson celebrates after scoring an overhead kick to salvage a point for the Hornets
‘Obviously, I’m so excited and happy to be back but then straight away, I’m so disappointed that we missed out on two points because that’s the game.
‘We’re so hungry to do well and secure that Champions League space. So, (it is) kind of two points dropped, I feel, but I felt good and I felt strong even towards the end. I could have had a goal or an assist on another day.
‘Obviously, the first one back is always going to be strange, a bit ropey, a bit cagey in the first 10 minutes.
‘But I think over the 90 minutes, we were definitely the fitter, more dominant team and created the better chances.’
Leicester return to action on Tuesday night when they host Brighton. The Foxes then play at home for the second game in a row when they take on Chelsea on Sunday.
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