Brendan Rodgers

Draw A Fair Result, Says Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers believes a point apiece was a fair outcome in Leicester City's 1-1 Premier League draw with Burnley at Turf Moor on Wednesday.
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- Leicester City drew 1-1 with Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Wednesday
- Kelechi Iheanacho hit a stunning effort to level the scores after Matěj Vydra's opener for the Clarets
- Manager Brendan Rodgers was pleased with the resolve on show from his players in Lancashire 
- The 48-year-old also credited Kasper Schmeichel for his 'outstanding' save to deny Chris Wood

With eight first-team players out injured, the Northern Irishman made a further three changes to his starting line-up in Lancashire, opting for a 3-5-2 system to tackle Sean Dyche's Clarets.

Rodgers was disappointed by City's looseness in possession during the opening exchanges, which contributed to Matěj Vydra's opener for the hosts, but praised his side for the manner in which they battled through and secured a 50th point of their 2020/21 top-flight campaign.

The equaliser came in outstanding circumstances, too, as Kelechi Iheanacho applied a first-time finish to Wilfred Ndidi's forward ball, while Kasper Schmeichel was also required to make a series of saves.

"Probably a point was fair," the 48-year-old former Liverpool and Celtic manager told LCFC TV during his full-time assessment. "We certainly didn’t start the game [well].

Unless you’re really dominating with the ball, it’s one where there’s a lot of running for your midfield players to get across the pitch, so we changed it to 4-3-3 again and that allowed us to get some control of the game again.

Brendan Rodgers LCFC TV

"We gave a ball away so cheaply and then the guy’s finished it, but we brought ourselves back into the game. [We showed] good mentality, good spirit in the team, and then scored an outstanding goal.

"We had to withstand some pressure. Burnley were getting lots of crosses in the box, playing from deeper, but I thought we defended that very, very well.

"It looked like, as the second half wore on, that we could make the breakthrough."

While Burnley had opportunities, with Ashley Westwood notably hitting the base of the post, the Foxes also went close, with Youri Tielemans striking the woodwork himself in the latter moments.

A positive phase of play came Leicester's way, in particular, following a change in shape as the introduction of Wesley Fofana - after eight matches away through injury - allowed Rodgers to deploy a 4-3-3 stratagem for the final half-hour.

"We obviously started with a three [because of] personnel and players' availability, but I felt that in the first 15 minutes of the second half, they started to exploit the sides," he explained.

"Unless you’re really dominating with the ball, there’s a lot of running for your midfield players to get across the pitch, so we changed it to 4-3-3 and that allowed us to get some control of the game.


Iheanacho's Stunner Seals Burnley Point

Foxes striker Kelechi Iheanacho scored in a 1-1 draw with Burnley in the Premier League last season.

"We showed good moments, but we have to show a lot more moments and be a lot more precise with our passing, but overall, it was a point and we move onto the next game."

City had to rely on the talents of Schmeichel on occasion in the North West with the Club's No.1 making an especially remarkable save to deny former Fox Chris Wood shortly after the restart.

"He’s a top-class ‘keeper and, during my time here, he’s had so many moments where it looks like it’s going to be a goal and he makes the save," Rodgers added.

"That’s the difference in the real top, top goalkeepers and he’s up there with the best goalkeepers in the world. His stretch to tip it around the post was sensational."




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