Leicester supervisor Brendan Rodgers believes a busy fixture listing could have caught up Super Eagles duo Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and their teammates following their 1-1 draw towards 10-man Southampton on Friday evening.
Leicester performed towards 10 males for 80 minutes of the sport after Jannik Vestergaard was despatched off for denying Jamie Vardy a goalscoring alternative.
But regardless of that, it was Southampton who took the lead by James Ward-Prowse’s penalty.
Jonny Evans headed dwelling an equaliser from a superb cross from Iheanacho.
Rodgers’ males nevertheless did not discover a winner and due to this fact dropped factors within the race to complete within the high 4.
And whereas not providing it as an excuse, Rodgers mentioned their schedule may have contributed to their stalemate at St Mary’s.
“We’re obviously disappointed with the result considering the circumstances of the game,” he mentioned.
“We are usually excellent in these conditions, 11 v 10 (however) I didn’t assume we had been quick sufficient within the recreation and we didn’t play with the depth we needed to.
“The guys have given all the things. It was the fourth recreation in 13 days, so possibly that had one thing to do with it however no excuse, we’ve to present credit score to Southampton, they made it extremely troublesome.
“They went in front so they had a cause to fight for. We had to fight back and the point could prove very important for us.”
Rodgers additionally admitted he was unimpressed along with his aspect’s rhythm till Ward-Prowse’s spot kick, and credit score Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy for a few key saves, together with a notable cease from Vardy.
But the Northern Irishman backed his aspect to bounce again once they tackle Newcastle on Friday.
“It’s a degree in direction of the place we need to go. The pace of our recreation wasn’t on the degree till we went behind within the recreation.
“When the opposition go all the way down to 10 males we’re usually good in these conditions however you need to credit score Southampton to point out that resilience and to maintain us out. Jamie Vardy is a warrior so he acquired up and Alex McCarthy made an important save from him.
“You should work the opposition then have these fast mixtures and high quality. We couldn’t fairly handle that ultimate go tonight. Normally we get pleasure from it however tonight it was irritating for us.
“We did all the things with as many attacking gamers as we may to win the sport.
“The disappointment will last for 24 hours of course. But it’s a point towards where we want to go. We weren’t good enough on the evening to get three points but we’ll go again on Friday and hopefully have enough.”
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