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Brendan Rodgers cheered by Leicester’s resilience against Newcastle

Boss Brendan Rodgerspraised Leicester CityResilience from the exhausted Foxes recovered after breaking out of the Europa League to beat Newcastle

James Maddison shined, scoring one and scoring two, when the Foxes overcame the struggling Magpies 4-0.

They were dropped from the Europa League following Thursday’s 3-2 Europa League loss to Napoli, when they were absent seven players who had been ruled out because of illness or coronavirus.

Jonny Evans also limped early against the Magpies with a hamstring injury but Youri Tielemans’ double, including a controversial first-half penalty, and goals from Patson Daka and Maddison lifted Leicester to eighth. in match Premier League.

“He’s (Maddison) excellent but I’m more than satisfied with the team, after all the players we were missing and the tough schedule we’ve been through,” Rodgers said, after the game. First clean sheet since opening day.

“I feel attack wise, we saw a threat and some of our play was very good. Keeping a clean sheet is very important to us.

“We finished with 26 goals in my first season, last season was plus 18. The basis of our work is on defense and it gives us the platform to attack.

“It is very difficult when the players allow you that facility is not available. It is testament to the players, their mentality and spirit.

“They’ve been hugely successful in a really challenging period with everything over. It was a real test of their psyche.

“We have game changers on the team and we have leaders. It brings that together to be able to protect the collective.

“When you don’t make mistakes, we are a team that can defend well. Too many goals are self-created. “

There were few chances in the competition, with the teams trading off half of them, before the Tielemans’ controversial opener from the spot six minutes before the break.

Jamaal Lascelles knocked out Maddison and while Newcastle felt the midfielder had come on, referee Peter Bankes awarded the penalty.

Tielemans converted the penalty to mark his 100th Premier League appearance for the Foxes.

Newcastle’s reaction was muted, especially considering Leicester’s patchwork defense, and they were 2-0 down after 57 minutes.

The home side’s quick pass, finding space and Maddison’s superb shot sent Harvey Barnes down the square for Daka to put on a simple finish.

Kasper Schmeichel saved Timothy Castagne’s blush as he ran back to get his errant pass off the line before the Tielemans made it 3-0 with nine minutes left, picking up the pass. of Maddison and shot inside.

Maddison then scored his fourth goal in six games when he swapped for Daka and dribbled past goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

Newcastle were disappointed about the award of the penalty and owner Eddie Howe felt Bankes was wrong.

“I don’t think the scoreline reflects the game. We were competitive and the penalty had a huge impact on the game,” he said.

“In my opinion it is not a penalty. Maddison will go before contact is made. I’m disappointed the referee didn’t review it himself, it might have been the best decision for him as it was clearly a controversial moment in the game.

“We are well aware of our position. There are some good things and some bad things.

“We had a lot of chances to create but our final decision was not quite right. Leicester defense didn’t have any associated pressure but we let them score four. ”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/leicester-foxes-newcastle-jamaal-lascelles-premier-b1974605.html Brendan Rodgers cheered by Leicester’s resilience against Newcastle

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