Carabao Cup: Brendan Rodgers blames Iheanacho after Aston Villa defeated Leicester City

Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers, has criticised striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, for not winning the Foxes a penalty during their 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg encounter on Tuesday night.

Iheanacho’s strike was not enough as two goals from Matt Targett and Trezeguet ensured Aston Villa defeated Leicester.

Tyrone Mings had challenged the Nigeria international in the box in the opening 10 minutes of the encounter but the former Manchester City star managed to stay on his feet.

But Rodgers feels Iheanacho did not do enough during the encounter against Aston Villa as Leicester missed out on a place in the final of the competition, adding that the 23-year-old should have fallen and possibly earned his side a penalty.

“I thought we started the game very well,” Rodgers was quoted by Leicester Mercury as saying after the game.

“We might have had a penalty if Kelechi [Iheanacho] goes down in that first 10 minutes, when Tyrone Mings is coming back at him.”

He added: “I’m bitterly disappointed. I thought the players created enough opportunities, enough chances, we just switched off right at the end there, on a cross, and so late in the game, it was difficult to come back from that.”

Leicester will take on Chelsea in their next Premier League game on Saturday.


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