Brendan Rodgers

We Didn’t Create Enough Chances, Says Rodgers

Leicester City were unable to muster up enough goalscoring opportunities to claim a result from Sunday’s Premier League encounter with West Ham United, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.
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- Brendan Rodgers says Leicester City were not aggressive enough in their approach on Sunday
- The Foxes lost 3-0 to West Ham United at King Power Stadium in the Premier League
- Harvey Barnes had a goal disallowed in injury time by VAR
- Rodgers confirms Daniel Amartey picked up a hamstring injury in the defeat

City tasted defeat in the Premier League for the first time in 2020/21 after strikes from Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen at King Power Stadium.

Despite Harvey Barnes finding the net in injury time, the Academy graduate’s neat finish was chalked off by VAR for an offside in the build-up, and Rodgers was disappointed with his side’s actions in front of goal.

Rodgers told LCFC TV: “I felt that from the first whistle – we had some good moments in the first half – defensively, we weren’t aggressive enough. I said to the players at half-time that we needed to get into contention.

“We’re about aggression and getting up to people, especially when they defend deep and their game plan is to break up our pressure. You have to be really good on the counter press and we were nowhere near it in that aspect.

“That gave them opportunities to break out. We still had good moments in the first half where we played through them, we just lacked the quality in the final pass to make it count.

“Then, we gave away two disappointing goals from our perspective. [We were] a bit better second half, a little bit more controlled, but again, we didn’t create anywhere near what we’d want until probably the last five or 10 minutes or so.

“We got what we deserved, we didn’t play well and as well as we have done in the first three games, [it was a] not so good performance.”

Rodgers felt that City conceded possession of the ball too often against the Hammers, which ultimately cost them a chance of getting points from the game.

“I think it’s one where you can’t complain about the tactics of the team,” said the manager. “They set up to deny us space in behind, really, so we have to deal with that, and we had enough of the ball to create opportunities.

“We lacked precision in our pass and gave it away so easily. From that aspect, we made it really difficult for ourselves.”

Providing an update on Daniel Amartey's fitness after the Ghana international came off in the second period, Rodgers added: "It looks like his hamstring, but we’ll get confirmation in the next couple of days."

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