Rodgers: ‘Defending set-pieces is our Achilles’ heel’

Brendan Rodgers admits Leicester must do better when it comes to defending set-pieces following his side’s 2-1 loss at Aston Villa.

The Villans came from behind to win the match thanks to a brace from centre-back Ezri Konsa.

Villa’s equaliser came via a free-kick delivered in my Matty Cash, with Konsa getting on the end of an Emi Buendia goal-bound header.

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The 24-year-old then headed in from a John McGinn corner, leaving Rodgers with a lot of work to do on the training ground.

“I thought we were very good and could have had more,” he said after Sunday’s game [quotes via Leicester Mercury].

“Our Achilles’ heel is killing us, defending set-pieces. We keep conceding and it’s undoing a lot of good work and it’s sapping confidence.

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“In the first half, we should have scored more than one. In the second half we didn’t start so fast, but then the corner we conceded from was hugely disappointing. Then you’re chasing the game. We definitely have to look at the structure of it.

“It’s been constant, a lot of hours into analysing each opponent,” the Leicester boss added.

“You have to do your job as well, you have a responsibility to mark Konsa because we know he stays out at the back post.

“We are not being caught out with something really clever, we know Konsa and Mings are their big targets in the box.

“The first goal is a second phase, so these are undoing a lot of really good work.

“It’s very fine margins for us at the minute, so if we can get the solutions to that, it’s going to give us more solidity at the back.

“We’ve always done what we’ve done, I’ve felt comfortable with the ball coming into the box, but we look more vulnerable this season on it. We have to work on it otherwise the fine margins will go against us. We’re in touching distance of where we want to be.”

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