Brendan Rodgers delivers his verdict on Newcastle United

Leicester City too many mistakes at the King Power Stadium – and got punished.

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 3:00 pm
Brendan Rodgers.

Newcastle United beat Brendan Rodgers’ side 4-2 last night thanks to two goals from Callum Wilson and strikes from Joe Willock and Paul Dummett.

Rodgers – who lost Jonny Evans in the warm-up – bemoaned his team’s errors after the Premier League game. Leicester’s manager, however, also gave credit to Newcastle.

“It’s an easy game to analyse,” said Rodgers, who praised United head coach Steve Bruce before the game. “We just made poor errors. And give credit to Newcastle, because they’ve got strong players in the front areas of the pitch, and if you make mistakes, they will punish you.”

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Losing Evans was a blow to Leicester, who were all over the place at times.

"It’s difficult to play in a back five or a back four without Evans,” Rodgers said. “The first goal was poor from a concentration perspective. Third goal is a mistake. The fourth goal is too easy for Wilson to get in. It’s not really about systems.

“I give credit to the players, they kept going. Some teams will sink at 4-0 down, but they kept running and kept fighting. We could have four or five ourselves, but if you defend like that, you are going to struggle to win games.”

Marc Albrighton – who replaced Evans in the starting XI – scored the first of Leicester’s two goals.

"It was just mistakes,” said Albrighton. "We switched off at vital times, you can't do that against any team in this league - and we paid for it tonight."