Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes the schedule has caught up with his players at Southampton

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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes jam-packed schedule has caught up with players in 10-man Southampton draw as visitors drop points in Premier League top four race

  • Leicester played their fourth game in 13 days in their draw at Southampton
  • But they faced 10 men for 80 minutes after Jannik Vestergaard’s red card
  • It was the Saints who took the lead before Jonny Evans scored the tying run
  • Brendan Rodgers said their match list could have contributed to the draw

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers believes a hectic match list has caught up with his players after their 1-1 draw against Southampton.

The Foxes played 80 minutes into the game against 10 men after Jannik Vestergaard was sent off for denying Jamie Vardy a scoring opportunity.

But despite that, it was the Saints who took the lead from James Ward-Prowse’s penalty, before Jonny Evans headed in an equalizer.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers believes a hectic match list has caught up with his players

The Foxes' fourth game in 13 days ended in a disappointing draw against Southampton

The Foxes’ fourth game in 13 days ended in a disappointing draw against Southampton

However, Rodgers’ men failed to find a winner and therefore dropped points in the race to finish in the top four, and while not offering it as an excuse, they said their schedule could have contributed to their stalemate in St Mary’s.

“We are clearly disappointed with the result given the conditions of the match,” he said.

‘We are normally very good in those situations, 11 to 10 (but) I didn’t think we were fast enough in the game and we didn’t play with the intensity we wanted.

‘The boys gave everything. It was the fourth game in 13 days so maybe that had something to do with it, but no excuse, we have to give credit to Southampton, they made it incredibly difficult.

The Foxes faced 10 men for 80 minutes after Jannik Vestergaard was sent away

The Foxes faced 10 men for 80 minutes after Jannik Vestergaard was sent away

But it was the Saints who took the lead through James Ward-Prowse

But it was the Saints who took the lead through James Ward-Prowse

‘They went up front, so they had a reason to fight for it. We had to fight back and the point could be very important to us. ‘

Rodgers also admitted he was unimpressed with the rhythm of his side until the Ward-Prowse penalty kick, crediting Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy for a few important saves, including a notable stop from Vardy.

But the Northern Irish backed his side to bounce back when they take on Newcastle on Friday.

‘It is a point where we want to go. The speed of our game was not up to standard until we got behind in the game.

Jonny Evans then tied the score with a header from Kelechi Iheanacho's cross

Jonny Evans then tied the score with a header from Kelechi Iheanacho’s cross

‘If the opposition drops to 10 men, we are normally good in those situations, but you have to credit Southampton for showing that resilience and keeping us out. Jamie Vardy is a warrior so he got up and Alex McCarthy saved him great.

‘You have to work the opposition and then have those quick combinations and quality. We didn’t quite manage to make that last stroke tonight. We normally enjoy it, but tonight it was frustrating for us.

‘We did everything we could with as many attacking players as possible to win the match.

‘Of course the disappointment lasts for 24 hours. But it is a point in the direction of where we want to go. We weren’t good enough in the evening to take three points, but we’ll go again on Friday and hopefully have enough. ‘

Leicester could have won it in the end, but Jamie Vardy was rejected by Alex McCarthy

Leicester could have won it in the end, but Jamie Vardy was rejected by Alex McCarthy

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