Newcastle had only 28% possession of the ball in last night’s game, but we held the former Premier League Champions fairly comfortably in the 1-0 win.
The Foxes did not get many chances and the best of the lot was when Jamie Vardy was through on goal but lofted the ball over Dubravka and the crossbar on 80 minutes.
The Newcastle defense and the team, in general, played extremely well last night.
And it reminds us a lot of the away games at Wolves and Bournemouth when we could have come away with two wins – the games were very similar – but we only managed two draws..
And even Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers complimented our players on the way the lads fought tooth and nail for the Newcastle cause.
Two former Liverpool manager – Brendan Rodgers and Rafa Benitez – before the kickoff last night
This is what Brendan Rodgers said after the game last night at his press conference:
“It was the first game of this type that I’d seen us play in.”
“When you play an opponent that’s very deep and put all 11 players in the final third of the pitch then, of course, it’s difficult.”
“It was interesting for me to see; there are areas that we could be better. First half, we were too slow in our passing, in order to get in between the lines and unbalance their defense.”
“Second half, we were better. I thought we played through the lines better. There are lots of areas that we can improve in.”
“There weren’t too many chances in the game and sometimes that’s the way it is in these types of games.”
“It was one of those nights where it didn’t quite come off for us, but the players gave everything. We’ll go away and analyze it, and hopefully, we’ll be better the next time we face that kind of opponent.
“We had enough of the ball but you need to be dangerous with it and against Newcastle we didn’t create enough when we had it. You’ve got to give credit to Newcastle for that.
“They sat in deep and they’re fighting for their lives in the league and, of course, when they get the goal, it makes it even more difficult. So there’s plenty for us to look at, and we’ll go away and improve from it.”
“It’s difficult to break down a team like that. It’s an area we will get better at,”
The win last night was unexpected but the team excelled and now we play the Saints next Saturday afternoon at home in the late kickoff game.
It’s an opportunity to get our 11th win of the season and get to 41 points and safety.