Brendan Rodgers

Persistence Paid Off, Says Rodgers

Leicester City’s late victory over Sheffield United on Sunday was borne out of a desire to keep pushing until the final whistle, manager Brendan Rodgers believes.
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- Brendan Rodgers says Leicester City were deserved winners on Sunday against Sheffield United
- The Foxes won 2-1 at Bramall Lane to record their first victory in five outings in all competitions
- Jamie Vardy struck in the 90th minute following Ayoze Pérez’s first-half opener

After Oli McBurnie cancelled out Ayoze Pérez’s opener, Jamie Vardy, who struck the post in the first half alongside James Maddion, finished clinically in the 90th minute to secure a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane.

Rodgers praised his side’s persistence after the triumph, but also highlighted areas for them to improve on in the coming games.

“I thought we deserved to win the game today,” Rodgers said at full-time. “Coming to here on the back of travelling in midweek, it was going to be tough, but I thought we should have been ahead at half-time.

“We played well and then eventually got the goal, we hit the post a couple of times as well. I thought our general play was good. We’d only one moment where Ollie Burke got in behind us.

“We’re disappointed with the set piece and we will be better on those when we get the players back because the players that we’re missing – the profile of those, their height – really helps us.

“We’ve conceded more goals from set pieces than we normally do, purely because of the profile of players that are missing – tall defenders. But we kept going, got the result in the end, and it’s really pleasing.”

Maddison did well to win the ball back in midfield late on in South Yorkshire, before he played an instinctive pass into Vardy, who Rodgers believes is one of the best finishers on the continent.

I actually thought he (Jamie Vardy) was going to take it a bit closer, but he’s opened his body and finished it just inside the box. It was a wonderful finish.

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“We pressed the ball well in the middle of the pitch, won it back, and then Madders (James Maddison) sees the pass so early,” he continued.

“He’s got wonderful vision, a lovely weight [of pass] and Jamie [Vardy] was away. There’s not too many better in European football in that position.

“That’s why you keep him on. He might be quiet in the game sometimes, but he’s waiting for that moment and that pass to go in, and when he’s away, I actually thought he was going to take it a bit closer, but he’s opened his body and finished it just inside the box. It was a wonderful finish.”

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