Rodgers: Leicester ‘have to play much better than that’

Date published: Sunday 5th January 2020 10:23

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers was pleased to get through but not happy with his side’s performance after their FA Cup win against Wigan.

The Foxes eased into the fourth round with a 2-0 victory at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.

With a Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Aston Villa on the horizon in four day’s time, Rodgers made 10 changes from the New Year’s Day win at Newcastle.

Only left-back Ben Chilwell kept his place, but it made little difference to the result as an own goal by Latics debutant Tom Pearce and a Harvey Barnes strike had Leicester firmly in control at half time – and that is how is stayed.

Rodgers said: “We got the result but it wasn’t really the performance we wanted. We didn’t play well, we have to play much better than that.

“For us to get through, it was very important for us. Some players came in, which was great. But we weren’t good enough on the ball. We weren’t good enough in our control of the game, especially in midfield, and we have to be cleaner.”

“We got the job done but we have to demand more. Paul Cook is a fantastic manager and Wigan have been in good form, so it’s a good win for us.”

Wigan had their moments and thought they were back in the tie after 73 minutes when substitute Jamal Lowe volleyed home Pearce’s cross, but the defender was marginally offside when delivering the ball, according to VAR.

“We were probably lucky with that so that’s something else that we have to look at and see how we can be better as well,” said Rodgers.

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