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Brendan Rodgers said Leicester City “were not around” after being knocked out of the FA Cup with a performance that has left him somewhat worried.
Leicester were winners of the FA Cup last season but could not make it past the fourth round this time. Nottingham Forest stunned them with a deserved 4-1 victory.
The Championship team took a three-goal lead in the first half before Kelechi Iheanacho pulled one back. But Forest scored once more after the break to confirm their place in the next round.
It is the latest setback for a Leicester team that – admittedly has faced some challenging circumstances – has not gone as expected during this period.
And losing to another Midlands team made it an even more bitter blow for Brendan Rodgers.
In fact, the manager claimed that his side did not have the appropriate mentality or corporeality.
When asked how disappointed he was, he told Today’s game: “Much.
“The first words are to the fans. If you get into a derby match and are looking to win the FA Cup again, the fans will have expected to see the team play with more authority, aggression and a strong mentality.
“We are sorry; it was not near the level.
“We started OK, got into some good areas, misplaced a few passes that invite them into the game. Admitting the second so early after the first puts us on the back foot. We found no rhythm and were really disappointing in the game.
Brendan Rodgers: ‘I see some worrying signs’
“Today was about mentality. You have to be physical in every football game. But out in the derby, it’s about forcing the physical, and some of our boys just wanted to play football. They did not want to get involved.
“It was good to have James Justin back and Wilfred Ndidi was ready for the physical. But we were not near the level. We had a lot of ball, but did not create much.
“It’s a really bad performance. It’s about hunger in the team. This team has been together for three years and I see some worrying signs in some of the players.
“We have to go again, get in again and have a tough fight on Thursday.”
That match will be against Rodgers’ former employers Liverpool in the Premier League.
Steve Cooper notes the trait that Forest showed Leicester lacked
As for Skov, the cup race can continue. They will be hosting other Championship teams Huddersfield Town in the next round.
Their manager Steve Cooper wants to build something special on City Ground and this was a step in the right direction.
He explained how they achieved it, pointing to their own stronger mentality. Cooper told Today’s game: “It was about staying in the moment, staying focused and continuing as we were.
“The boys continued, scoring four, hitting the crossbar and could have gotten one or two others. We were excellent and really happy for the boys and proud of the club. ”
He continued: “We are in the middle of trying to build something. We are going to Blackburn on Wednesday and have to play.
“It’s about what’s next, and we want to live up to the club’s beliefs. We want to build on things like today and have the right mentality and humility.
“We have to really focus on Wednesday now. And the championship feels like a match every other day. We have to put games to bed and move on to the next one.
“A glorious day for all.”
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