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Matchday Live Talking Points: Fine Lines In The Premier League & Looking Ahead

Leicester City favourites Matt Elliott, Steve Walsh and Gerry Taggart all provided their expert opinion on the Foxes' defeat by West Ham United at King Power Stadium on Sunday.
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- Matt Elliott, Steve Walsh and Gerry Taggart assess Leicester City's loss to West Ham United
- LCFC Radio provides over four hours of live and free coverage of every Foxes first team fixture
- The Former City trio pointed to City's overall 'fantastic' start to the 2020/21 campaign
- Elliott and Walsh will be back on LCFC Radio's Extra-Time show from 6pm BST on Monday

Goals from Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen handed the Hammers victory on Filbert Way - City's first defeat in the Premier League this season.

Despite a disappointing result, the Foxes remain third in the table going into the second international break of 2020/21 - and the former Leicester trio pointed to the positives... 

Fine lines

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Harvey Barnes
Harvey Barnes

Leicester found it difficult to break down West Ham for large spells on Filbert Way.

Matt Elliott said: “It’s amazing how quickly fortunes can change. It’s such a fine line after the quality of last week. West Ham were very good. It was just one of those difficult-to-put-your-finger-on performances. It’s part of the development and creating that winning mentality. You’ve got to have a ruthlessness about you and Leicester were short in that area. West Ham rightfully came away with the three points.” 

Going again

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Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

City had opportunities, but were unable to register on the scoresheet against the Hammers.

Steve Walsh said: “We didn’t have an ounce of luck in the game, which sometimes you need. We saw that in the miss by Jamie Vardy and the VAR disallowed goal for Harvey Barnes. At the end of the day, West Ham played very, very well, but we didn’t have that rub of the green. We’ve got lift ourselves now. It’s up to Brendan [Rodgers] now to do that and I’m sure he will. They’ll discuss it at length and go again. That’s the job of a manager.”

Looking up

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Youri Tielemans
Youri Tielemans

The Foxes have won three of their opening four Premier League games this season.

Gerry Taggart said: “The league doesn’t lie. It’s been a fantastic start to the season. It has made people sit up and take notice of Leicester City once again. There’s always going to be bumps in the road, especially with an inexperienced side, but it’s all about having the right tool kit to get it right and I’m sure Leicester City have that in abundance, so let’s look up and look forward to the next game.” 

Using defeat as motivation

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Cengiz Ünder
Cengiz Ünder

Several of Leicester's players will now depart for international duty before returning for a busy fixture schedule.

Matt Elliott said: “When they come back after the international break, it could be almost like a fresh start. Hopefully, that will be the character they show. It’s an awakening of how you’ve got to maintain your levels and it’s not a massive line between success and failure in each game. If the edge is slightly off your game, teams will capitalise on it. Hopefully, it might stand them in good stead down the line over the season.” 

A fantastic start overall

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James Maddison
James Maddison

Brendan Rodgers' men have beaten West Bromwich Albion, Burnley and Manchester City already this term.

Steve Walsh said: “Brendan will try and bring back that confidence and re-instil that will to win. They started the season with it and it’s a great sign of what they’ve done so far. We’re still in a very good position in the league. They’ve been fantastic so far. It just shows you what the Premier League is like and what football is like. It could have been different.”

Exciting times

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UEFA Europa League
UEFA Europa League

City return to the European stage in the UEFA Europa League group stage.

Gerry Taggart said: “Over the next week to 10 days that Brendan and his staff have, that will be spent making sure that the preparation for the upcoming games is absolutely spot on. They’ve got European games in between all the league games too. There’ll be a lot of work being done behind the scenes to make sure the preparations goes according to plan. Without a shadow of a doubt, it’s exciting times, looking at the fixtures list.”

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