Brendan Rodgers

You Cannot Lose A Game Like That, Says Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers pointed to the 'naivety' which contributed to Leicester City's late 3-2 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.
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- Leicester City were beaten 3-2 by Tottenham Hotspur at King Power Stadium on Wednesday
- The visitors struck twice in added time through Steven Bergwijn
- Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers says 'fundamentals' weren't done correctly
- He also refused to use City's selection issues as an excuse for the result

After Patson Daka's opener, Harry Kane got one back for Spurs, before James Maddison seemingly put the Foxes on course for a sixth consecutive home win in all competitions. A brace from Steven Bergwijn in added time, though, sealed a victory for the visitors in scarcely believable fashion 

Asked for a reason for the reverse, Rodgers told LCFC TV: "Mainly us presenting Tottenham with the goals. It's so frustrating. It was frustrating enough to allow them to equalise late on. For 93-and-a-half minutes of the game, we put in really good work.

"We looked like we were going to see it through, but to take the equaliser was a little harsh. To concede so late on is very, very naive from us. You cannot do that. There's obviously a learning which takes place and they'll be disappointed, but you cannot lose a game like that.

"I spoke at half-time about the fundamentals in our passing, that we needed to be tidier and clean the game up a little bit more.

You've got to at least draw that game. You should win it and we didn't do that so that's what we've got to be judged on.

Brendan Rodgers LCFC TV

"In the second half, it was some of the fundamentals of defending. We had a couple of duels where we needed to win a couple of headers and we didn't do that and then we're on the back foot and they end up scoring. It's disappointing."

The amount of players missing for Leicester through injury or other reasons is no excuse for Rodgers.

He added: "You get measured by the team that's out there. I've always said we never make it an excuse. We were 2-1 up on 93-odd minutes against a top-level team and we should win the game, but we didn't. The assessment is pretty clear for me.

"We can't be looking at players that aren't fit and available because they've been out for a period of time. You've got to at least draw that game. You should win it and we didn't do that so that's what we've got to be judged on."

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