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Why I started Iheanacho against Brighton – Leicester boss, Rodgers

Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers has explained his decision to start Kelechi Iheanacho in Sunday’s 5-2 defeat at Brighton.

Iheanacho was handed a starting role by Rodgers for the first time this season.

The Nigeria international repaid his manager’s faith by putting his side ahead in the first minute.

The home team rallied back to win the game, with Iheanacho leaving the field for Jamie Vardy in the 72nd minute.

It was Iheanacho’s fourth league appearance of the season for the former Premier League champions.

“Exactly that – attack the game. We were thinking that they’ll probably play three at the back, so we got two strikers up against it and just had more attacking players on the field,” Rodgers said during his post-match conference.

“That’s an area that we’ve probably been short on in terms of creation of opportunities, and both the boys scored, so that was really good, but I didn’t think we kept the ball well enough. In the Premier League, you have to look after the ball and we gave it up too easy.”

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