Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes jam-packed schedule caught up with his players in draw at 10-man Southampton as visitors drop points in Premier League top four race
- Leicester played their fourth game in 13 days in their draw at Southampton
- But they were facing 10 men for 80 minutes after Jannik Vestergaard’s red card
- It was the Saints who took the lead before Jonny Evans scored an equaliser
- Brendan Rodgers said that their fixture list could have contributed to the draw
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers believes a hectic fixture list may have caught up with his players following their 1-1 draw at Southampton.
The Foxes played against 10 men for 80 minutes of the game after Jannik Vestergaard was sent off for denying Jamie Vardy a goalscoring opportunity.
But despite that, it was the Saints who took the lead through James Ward-Prowse’s penalty, before Jonny Evans headed home an equaliser.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers believes a hectic fixture list may have caught up with his players
The Foxes’ fourth game in 13 days ended in a disappointing draw against Southampton
Rodgers’ men however failed to find a winner and therefore dropped points in the race to finish in the top four, and while not offering it as an excuse, said their schedule could have contributed to their stalemate at St Mary’s.
‘We’re obviously disappointed with the result considering the circumstances of the game,’ he said.
‘We are normally very good in those situations, 11 v 10 (but) I didn’t think we were fast enough in the game and we didn’t play with the intensity we wanted to.
‘The guys have given everything. It was the fourth game in 13 days, so maybe that had something to do with it but no excuse, we have to give credit to Southampton, they made it incredibly difficult.
The Foxes were facing 10 men for 80 minutes after Jannik Vestergaard was sent off
But it was the Saints who took the lead from the spot through James Ward-Prowse
‘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 also admitted he was unimpressed with his side’s rhythm until Ward-Prowse’s spot kick, and credit Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy for a couple of key saves, including a notable stop from Vardy.
But the Northern Irishman backed his side to bounce back when they take on Newcastle on Friday.
‘It’s a point towards where we want to go. The speed of our game wasn’t at the level until we went behind in the game.
Jonny Evans then netted an equaliser with a header from Kelechi Iheanacho’s cross
‘When the opposition go down to 10 men we’re normally good in those situations but you have to credit Southampton to show that resilience and to keep us out. Jamie Vardy is a warrior so he got up and Alex McCarthy made a great save from him.
‘You have to work the opposition then have those quick combinations and quality. We couldn’t quite manage that final pass tonight. Normally we enjoy it but tonight it was frustrating for us.
‘We did everything with as many attacking players as we could to win the game.
‘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.’
Leicester could have won it at the end but Jamie Vardy was denied by Alex McCarthy
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