Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers Encouraged By City Attitude

The energy a much-changed Leicester City side displayed in their 2-0 loss to Arsenal in the third round of the Carabao Cup was underlined by manager Brendan Rodgers at the full-time whistle.
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- Brendan Rodgers praises Leicester City’s energetic pressing in their Carabao Cup Third Round tie with Arsenal
- The Foxes were beaten 2-0 at King Power Stadium follow a Christian Fuchs own goal and an Eddie Nketiah strike
- Rodgers reflected positively on the performances of some of the Club’s youngsters

City’s Wednesday evening clash at King Power Stadium resulted in them exiting the competition, despite having several goalscoring opportunities and hitting the post through midfielder James Maddison.

However, an own goal from the unfortunate Christian Fuchs, and Eddie Nketiah’s 90th-minute strike saw Mikel Arteta’s side advance to the fourth round, where they will face Lincoln City or Liverpool.

“I thought that our approach to the game, the attitude and energy in the team was very good,” said Rodgers. “We pressed the ball really, really well.

“A lot of these players are getting [their] first minutes of the season. Daniel Amartey [is] playing his first game in nearly two years.

“If you’re going to lose the game, you want to lose it with that mentality and the attitude, and I think the players gave us absolutely everything.

“We just probably ran out of legs a little bit towards the end and that obviously affected our quality in the final third.

“You never want to lose a game, but if you do and you have that attitude and energy then it always bodes well going forward.”

Home debutant Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and fellow Academy graduates Hamza Choudhury and Luke Thomas complimented a number of the Club’s experienced stars, and Rodgers was pleased they were able to get some playing time under their belts.

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“Some players were playing their first minutes, some young players making their debuts,” Rodgers said.

“In the final third of the pitch, of course, you just need that extra bit of quality and they (Arsenal) probably just had that little extra bit in the final third.”

Discussing Dewsbury-Hall’s display, Rodgers added: “I thought he grew into the game. It's always difficult in that first game when you're playing against a really good opponent.

“But I thought his confidence grew as the game went on. He’s got a lovely left foot, he works hard and showed real quality.”

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