Rodgers pleased with Leicester ‘spirit’ despite Watford loss

Brendan Rodgers tasted defeat in his first game as Leicester City boss, with his side losing 2-1 away t0 Watford earlier today.

It was a tale of the two teams’ talismanic strikers today at Vicarage Road, with Hornets skipper Deeney heading the home side in front after just five minutes, but Foxes frontman Jamie Vardy would hit back for the visitors via a trademark finish with 15 minutes to play.

Deeney would then turn provider in stoppage time when he played through substitute Andre Gray to finish past Kasper Schmeichel with his left foot and seal the win for Javi Gracia’s side.

Leicester dominated possession throughout, but rarely threatened Watford’s goal apart from Vardy’s strike, although this did not stop newly appointed boss Rodgers coming out with the type of post-match bluster that he has become renowned for over the years.

“I thought after going behind so early we regrouped and had some good moments. At half-time we reinforced about some issues around the speed of our game but I thought the play was excellent,” Rodgers told BBC’s MOTD.

”It looked like only one team would win the game. When we had an opportunity it was a great pass from Youri (Tielemans) and Jamie (Vardy) does what he does. You felt Watford were getting deeper and the opportunities were coming for us. We started to get into really good areas and the goal at the end is a case of managing the game. It is something that will get better as we work together. I was pleased with the spirit of the team.

“Performance-wise it was something new for the players and they worked very, very well. It will take time to impose a lot of the ideas we want. There were a lot of good signs. I was pleased despite not getting the result.

“I thought some of the intensity of our pressing was good. We did a lot of things well. It gives me great hope going forward.

“I loved every minute. It has been a great week working with the players. I said whatever the result, for me I only wanted to see spirit and intensity and I saw that. It gives us a great opportunity to go forward and build on some of the good points from today.”

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