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Rodgers: We Didn't Take Our Chances

Brendan Rodgers admits Leicester City were frustrated not to capitalise on taking the lead before suffering a 3-1 Premier League reverse to Leeds United at King Power Stadium on Sunday.
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- Leicester City were beaten 3-1 by Leeds United at King Power Stadium on Sunday
- Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers was disappointed with the nature of the goals conceded
- The Northern Irishman picked out Kasper Schmeichel for individual praise at full-time
- There was also an update on the condition of Timothy Castagne, who was substituted early on 

Harvey Barnes' early finish put the Foxes ahead on Filbert Way, but within two minutes, the Whites were level through Stuart Dallas before later efforts from Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison.

City had previously enjoyed a nine-game unbeaten run in the build-up to the visit of Marcelo Bielsa's men, allowing them to climb the Premier League standings and advance in the Emirates FA Cup.

However, for the first time this season, Leicester were beaten after taking the lead in the game, which was a source of frustration for the manager in his post-match assessment. 

"It's a disappointing loss for us," Rodgers told LCFC TV at full-time after watching his youthful side fall to their first loss since 12 December, 2020.

"We had a great start in the game, going 1-0 up [through] a brilliant goal by Harvey and, normally when we get in front, we've been really good.

[It's] something that we have to be better at. We had chances in the game, but we didn't quite take them.

Brendan Rodgers LCFC TV

"But we didn't hang on to it well enough. We were cheap with the ball today and then we give away disappointing goals, from our perspective.

"[It's] something that we have to be better at. We had chances in the game, but we didn't quite take them."

While Leicester went close on several occasions, through the likes of Ayoze Pérez, Jonny Evans and Wesley Fofana, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was required to exhibit his qualities too.

Rodgers was keen to highlight the three-time Danish Footballer of the Year's impact on City's performances in recent weeks, in particular his efforts on Filbert Way at the weekend.

"He was brilliant," the Northern Irishman added. "He made one incredible save, down to his left-hand side, which was unbelievable, in the first half. He's a top-class 'keeper.

"He made some really good saves today and we're very thankful for him because, in those moments whenever you need him, he is always there and makes outstanding saves."

Timothy Castagne, meanwhile, was forced to withdraw in the first half, to be replaced by Ricardo Pereira, but Rodgers does not believe, at present, that it is a serious issue.

"He felt his hamstring," the 48-year-old explained. "You saw a few of their players as well, where they turn around in games.

"I don't think he's got a tear in it, but he just felt it tighten up and, as a precaution, we took him off."




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