Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers explains why Ndidi, others fail to shine against Newcastle

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers explains why Ndidi, others fail to shine against Newcastle

Manager Brendan Rodgers is disappointed with Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, and the rest of the squad following Leicester City’s 4-2 defeat to Newcastle United.

 


Rodgers said his players lost concentration when it matters most and they paid dearly for it as the struggling Newcastle capitalized on shambolic defending to score four goals.

 

Although Kelechi Iheanacho continued his scoring form in the match, the same can’t be said of Ndidi who endured one of his worse nights since joining the club.

 

The defensive midfielder was a shadow of his usual standard and was withdrawn for Ayoze Perez a few minutes into the second half of the match.

 

Joe Willock, Paul Dummett, and Calum Wilson (brace ) all scored for Steve Bruce’s men, while Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho got Leicester City’s consolations.

 

Leicester has now suffered the eighth home league defeat of the season, as fears of another end-of-season collapse grip, the Foxes in their bid to finish in the top four showed signs of materializing.

 

Speaking at the post-match conference, Rodgers blamed the defeat on the loss of concentration but was proud of their second-half spirit.

 

” It’s very easy to analyze as we made so many mistakes. You can’t afford to do that. The goals we conceded were uncharacteristic and it’s a time of the season where you’ve got to be super-concentrated if you are to achieve what you want.”

 

” We lacked concentration and if you do that against good teams, with good players, they’ll punish you. You can get that with young players, and you can see from the first goal that it was a poor mistake.

 

“There were other mistakes, but that’s football. With young players, that will happen. I’ve got a very honest group of players who are very disappointed but we’ll have to regroup and go again on Tuesday.” He said.

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