You have to have that moment of truth and clarity
Brendan Rodgers, as he did on his last visit to Turf Moor, went home with all three points having watched his Leicester team battle with ten men for virtually all the game and then go on to win it with a 90th minute goal from Wes Morgan.
“It was a really resilient performance,” Rodgers said. “I thought we started the game well. In the first five minutes, we were bright and we got on the front foot. Then, obviously to lose a man so early in the game can really affect the team, but the boys showed a wonderful resilience and mentality in the game.
“We got in front, gave away a disappointing goal from our perspective, and then it’s a case of just getting them in at half time and looking at one or two elements tactically, then making sure we defend well and take the opportunities when they come.
He added: “They had a decent control of the game without the ball. You don’t always have to have the ball to control the game. They got into good shape and they were hard to play through. We know we’ve got the pace on the counter attack, but first and foremost, you have to defend well as a unit and they all did that.
“We’ve got a lot of young players that will have gained a lot of experience from that today. The big guy steps up at the end with a wonderful header, so I’m pleased for him. He came into the game early on and he’s very experienced, Wes. I’d said to him yesterday that I felt he would come into the game, especially if Peter Crouch came on. I told him to be ready, but he was ready long before that. He did very well.”
Sean Dyche was left counting the cost of a fourth successive defeat and bemoaned the lack of quality in the side as we were unable to break down Leicester to go on and win the game.
“I’m obviously very disappointed and it was a strange game in many ways,” he said. “When a team goes down to ten men so early it can feel strange unless you get a grip of the game straight away, and we didn’t.
“In the second half we corrected things and had a lot of the play, but those quality moments that you need to win a game weren’t close enough. You have to have that moment of truth and clarity. I will say it’s not easy to break down a team that set up 4-4-1, but you have to find those moments and often we question the defensive side of our game, but our key players who are attack-minded have to find those moments. There is as big a responsibility there as there is defensively.
“In the second half there was more of an eleven v ten feel, in terms of possession and getting into the right areas, but we couldn’t find the real moments of quality, and that’s probably the question we’ve had all season, finding them in the attacking third.”
Should we have had a penalty when Charlie Taylor went down from a challenge by Wilfred Ndidi? “There was a big moment with the penalty at 1-1. I don’t want to make it about that though. They are making defensive changes and working on the idea of counter attacking and we didn’t give them a lot, but you are always fearful towards the end of a game and, in the end, it was unfortunate for us. We are bit unlucky that the cross balloons up off Charlie Taylor and loops up onto their lad’s head, but I am a great believer in working hard and forcing your own luck.
“Since Christmas we’ve had eight big results and now had four go against us. This is a tough one, but that’s the reality of the Premier League. But we have seven more games and they are all very important games for all different reasons. The only way we can look after ourselves is to play well enough to look after ourselves.”
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