Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers hails ‘excellent’ derby win as Wolves caretaker pinpoints downfall

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Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City applauds the fans at the final whistle during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium on March 5, 2022

Leicester City’s revival continued on Sunday as the Foxes powered to a 4-0 victory over Wolves in the Midlands derby. 

Youri Tielemans, Harvey Barnes, James Maddison and Jamie Vardy were all on the scoresheet as Leicester moved out of the relegation zone.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has now enjoyed three wins from five games as their turnaround in form continues. Just a few weeks ago, the Northern Irish man was one of the favourites for the sack following a turbulent start to the Premier League campaign.

Looking back at the victory, Rodgers told Sky Sports: “It is four clean sheets in five games. Collectively, we were excellent today. We played well from Youri’s first goal.

“We have played well in a lot of games, and we should have more points. We worked really well, defended well, and had the quality to score goals. We started slow and gave them the impetus, playing sideways and backwards. Danny [Ward] made a couple of great saves, but you have to stay strong away from home. When we played the ball forward, we looked good and could have scored more goals.

“We have to be better with the ball and retain it better, make better decisions. We broke forward really well. Our objective today was to get over the line. It is a Midlands Derby so a great day for the supporters.”

When questioned by BBC Sport, the Leicester manager added: “Confidence will grow and we’ll get better.

“The concentration is better, everybody is focussed, pressing at the right time and forcing teams into mistakes. Then we know we have the quality in the final third. We could have had more than four goals; we are growing nicely, but there is a long way to go.”

Leicester hand Wolves fifth defeat from six

While Leicester are enjoying an upswing in form, the same cannot be said about Wolves. The side have slumped to 19th spot in the table and have now lost five of their last six games.

Caretaker boss Steve Davis told Sky Sports: “It was disappointing, I share the pain with the supporters, Defending was poor, we haven’t done well enough in our box and we weren’t clinical enough in their box.

“We created chances, 21 shots today. But if you look how clinical they were, the game was too open. They broke on us a few times, we didn’t get our structure right. It is finding a balance; first half, we caused problems, but when it broke down, we were punished on the break.”

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