Brendan Rodgers: We lack stability at the back

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Brendan Rodgers has stated that his side lack stabilty at the back as the crashed out the FA Cup.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed his disappointment after his side crashed out of the FA Cup.

The Foxes suffers a heavy defeat to Championship side Nottingham Forrest and the manager has stated that they didn’t have that stability at the back.

“We made mistakes and the mistakes then affect the confidence through the team. You go two quick goals behind and you’re chasing the game then”, Rodgers said.

“For me, it’s something that I’ve seen for a little period now. These players, some of them have done very well, but we lacked that hunger and physicality, which was never the case and is something that’s a concern.

“We lacked stability at the back, gave away poor goals and the two quick goals rocked us. In a game of this importance – particularly a derby game, away from home – you need to have authority and you need to have physicality, and we lacked that in abundance.

“They deserved to win – scored the goals, showed a greater desire and that’s the disappointment.”

Leicester’s disappointment at their FA Cup exit was compounded by a supporter running on to the pitch following Forest’s second goal and appearing to throw punches at the celebrating players.

The Foxes released a statement after the game in which they apologised to Forest and pledged to issue the supporter with a lifetime ban.

Rodgers said: “There’s no room for it and I’m sure as a club we’ll deal with that. It should never happen, no matter how disappointing your team is and how they’ve been playing.

“The players have to be safe on the field. It was a great atmosphere today. I feel a big disappointment for our supporters, but we can never accept that behaviour.”

Nottinghamshire Police confirmed on Sunday evening that they had arrested a man, with chief inspector Neil Williams saying: “We have arrested a man in connection with an incident that took place today (Sunday 6 February) during the first half of the Nottingham Forest and Leicester City FA Cup match.

“Investigations are in the very early stages and our enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing.”

Leicester’s statement read: “The club is appalled by such behaviour and offers its apologies to Nottingham Forest and its players whose safety was compromised.

“We applaud the swift action taken by City Ground stewards in apprehending the individual involved, who will be subject to a lifetime ban from all Leicester City fixtures at home and away.

“We will offer every support to the relevant authorities in pursuing further appropriate action.”

 

Source: Skysports

 

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