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Soccer News of Sunday, 5 March 2023


Irish boss hails Iheanacho despite Leicester City’s loss to Southampton

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Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers, praised Kelechi Iheanacho’s performance despite his team’s loss to Southampton.

Further pressure was put on the Northern Ireland manager as the struggling Saints overcame the Foxes at St. Mary’s Stadium by a score of one to zero.

The East Midlands side’s 2022–23 season campaign has not gone well; they have only won seven games this season and have lost an additional fifteen.

Their attempt to claw back from their bad form against Ruben Selles’ side was thwarted once again as Carlos Alcaraz gave Southampton the lead after 35 minutes, smashing a shot past Leicester keeper Danny Ward.

Rodger’s team consistently had the best opportunities to tie the score, with Super Eagles forward Iheanacho heading three exquisite crosses off goal in the first half.

Midway through the second half, the 25-year-old was given another chance after intercepting a ball from Irish goalie Gavin Bazunu. But, the former Manchester City player’s raised attempt went wide.

In response to the Super Eagles attacker’s efforts, the former Swansea City boss showered praise on him in a post-game interview and claimed that he had been a menace to their opponents.

“He’s been brilliant for us of late. He’s been the one who looks like the threat. He kept fighting and kept working. He had two really good headers but couldn’t make the finish. The opportunity on the edge of the box, we’ve seen him score those recently, where he guides it into the corner. At least he was there to miss it.” he said, as quoted by Leicester Mercury.

Leicester might have bumped up to 12th with a victory, but instead, they are now 15th, three points above the relegation zone.