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Can’t disagree with what Brendan Rodgers had to say after hammering Newcastle United

3 months ago
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Brendan Rodgers was outclassed by Rafa Benitez five months ago.

Maybe an inferior set of individual players but as a team the Spaniard orchestrated a deserved win at the King Power in April.

To date the only game Brendan Rodgers has lost at home.

On Sunday the only outclassing came from Leicester City.

The result never in doubt as Steve Bruce’s latest tactical/formation throw of the dice made things even worse, the players with no belief in what the Head Coach had laid out, the net result not a single corner or shot on target.

Brendan Rodgers declared ‘I thought that we performed very very well…It was an outstanding performance and result.’

You can’t argue with any of that, although Newcastle United made it as easy as possible for them.

Opposing managers are never going to belittle their opposite number and of course it is in their own interest as well, not to point out how bad the opposition were, as it diminishes their own achievement.

Steve Bruce’s last season in the Premier League saw him relegate Hull City, difficult to see any other outcome this season if he remains in charge (of coaching and picking team/tactics) at Newcastle.

Brendan Rodgers:

“I thought that we performed very very well.

“We showed real appetite in the game, with our defending and our pressing which was very very good.

“I thought we were exciting going forward.

“What I also felt was good, was that especially in the second half, how we managed to play against 10 men, because it is never easy.

“The players had real concentration, real focus in the game.

“The speed of the game was good and we kept that intensity in the game, scoring some wonderful goals.

“Against Newcastle, the last time we played we felt that getting the first goal was very important and we didn’t get that.

“Today it was going to be about how much we learnt from that game and his (Ricardo Pereira) goal was absolutely brilliant.

“His touch and the lay-off from Ayo (Perez) and he’s away.

“He brings that real attacking intent into the game and it gave us a great start.

“It was an outstanding performance and result.

“Going down to 10 men can work for or against you but I thought how the players dealt with that and managed the game was outstanding.

“In the second half the players showed a wonderful appetite.

“We pressed it so hard, were hungry in the game and hungry for goals.

“A clean sheet, five really good goals and a really good day for us.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Leicester 5 Newcastle 0  – Sunday 29  September 4.30pm

Goals:

Leicester:

Pereira 16, Vardy 54 and 64, Dummett OG 57, Ndidi 90

Possession was Leicester 69% Newcastle 31%

Total shots were Leicester 13 Newcastle 3

Shots on target were Leicester 5 Newcastle 0

Corners were Leicester 9 Newcastle 0

Referee: Craig Pawson

Newcastle team v Leicester:

Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Atsu, Hayden (Sent off 43), Longstaff, Almiron (Yedlin 74), Muto (Ki 46), Joelinton (Carroll 63)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Saint-Maximin, Manquillo, Fernandez

Crowd: 32,168 (2,650 NUFC – Newcastle United refused to take the full 3,305 away allocation)

(Newcastle fan smashes it on BBC Radio 5 Live – Must listen ‘Should only be talking about Mike Ashley’ – Watch/listen HERE)

(Steve Bruce throws his players under the bus – Comments after Leicester 5 Newcastle 0 – Read HERE)

(Newcastle fans need to get angry and passionate for change after Leicester 5 Newcastle 0 – Final proof – Read HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the five goal humiliation – Read HERE)

(Steve Bruce has to go after this shambles – Read HERE)

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