Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers 'So Pleased' For Match-Winner Iheanacho

Brendan Rodgers hailed Kelechi Iheanacho's application after the Nigeria striker marked his first Leicester City appearance of the season with an assist and a last-ditch winner on Sunday.
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- Leicester City defeated Everton 2-1 on Sunday to make it six Premier League wins in a row
- Kelechi Iheanacho scored a 94th-minute winner for the Foxes, confirmed in dramatic fashion by VAR
- Brendan Rodgers was delighted to see the Nigeria international rewarded for his application
- The Northern Irishman also praised his whole squad for their 'technical and tactical quality'

Introduced just after the hour-mark, Iheanacho laid it up for Jamie Vardy to equalise Richarlison's opener before netting City's 94th-minute winner to seal a 2-1 victory over Everton at King Power Stadium.

It was an extraordinary intervention from the 23-year-old, whose arrival spurred Leicester on, and Rodgers expressed his delight at seeing Iheanacho make such an impact at full-time.

"I was so pleased for him because there’s him and a number of other guys that don’t feature so much and sometimes [they’re] not even on the bench," the Northern Irishman told LCFC TV.

"But that’s a result of how hard he works and he stays focused. He’s very much there for the team and I think he showed his quality today.

"His set-up play was very good when came into the game, he was aggressive, he was strong, and he had an assist and then he scored a wonderful goal, so it was a brilliant performance by him.

[We] introduced another striker and once we did that, the whole momentum of the game went with ourselves, so the players certainly deserved it.

Brendan Rodgers LCFC TV

"I think all the players were so happy for him in there afterwards, as we all are, because there’s a lot of guys that are playing regularly, but he’s the guy that came into the game today and was the hero for us.

"You’ve seen the reaction through the whole stadium, so it was fantastic."

As well as being Leicester's seventh consecutive win in all competitions, it is now six in a row in the Premier League - a new Club record for the Foxes.

Rodgers, though, was thrilled to see his players show both 'technical and tactical quality' in the clash to secure a victory which returns them to second in the table.

"Some of the guys just mentioned that, which is great," he added. "I thought we thoroughly deserved to win the game.

"They obviously have got good players, they came [and] sat 5-4-1, and against any team, that is always difficult. It’s always going to be about patience.

"Then, of course, they scored the goal and that makes it even more difficult because then they’ve got something to hang onto.

"But we said at half-time, we’ll give it 10-15 minutes and, if we need to change the dynamic in the game, the players knew what shape we would go to.

"[We] introduced another striker and once we did that, the whole momentum of the game went with ourselves, so the players certainly deserved it.

"Like I say, they had the intent to impose our game and [they] wanted to win the game and everything, the technical and tactical qualities...

"Their resilience, their spirit, everything came through and it ended up being a great victory for us."

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