Brendan Rodgers has hailed Leicester’s ‘energy and positive attitude’ as they recovered from Harry Maguire’s early red card to beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor.
Wes Morgan scored a late winner for Leicester, who had looked in a precarious position following England international Maguire’s fourth-minute dismissal.
Leicester had led through James Maddison’s fine free-kick, but Burnley hit back through youngster Dwight McNeil.
Despite playing over 85 minutes with 10 men though, Leicester snatched a dramatic winner when substitute Morgan headed home in the 90th minute, leaving Brendan Rodgers delighted with his side’s resilience.
“I said that when you come to Burnley, you don’t get points just for style, you have to be resilient and have spirit. It was an outstanding mental game, especially when you lose a player early. Jonny [Evans] and Wes [Morgan] were incredible, and the guys worked together as a team. We took our chances well,” Rodgers told the BBC.
“We stayed calm. When we were down to 10 men it was about having that energy and positive attitude, I was pleased with them at half time, they carried it out tactically very well with 10 men. We have the resilience and spirit in this squad.x
“When I arrived I said we wanted to finish as strong as we can, carry a good momentum through into pre-season and next season. Over the last couple of weeks, training has been really enjoyable as they want to learn and develop, and they got their rewards.
“Wes [Morgan] epitomises the humble attitude of the group, he was a player I wanted to keep, he is a wonderful symbol of the changing room. He’s a really, really good guy. I am so happy for him and he got a round of applause in the changing room after which he deserved as it was a fantastic header.”