The five key quotes from Brendan Rodgers' post-match Fulham press conference
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City gives their team instructions during the Premier League match between Fulham and Leicester City at Craven Cottage on February 03, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Peter Cziborra - Pool/Getty Images)

Leicester City returned to winning ways on Wednesday night after two first-half goals from the Foxes secured a 2-0 win away to Premier League strugglers Fulham.

Kelechi Iheanacho opened the scoring just before the 20-minute mark, connecting to James Maddison's whipped ball with a thumping header past Fulham keeper Alphonse Areola.

The visitors had the game wrapped up on the stroke of half-time thanks to a silky string of passes which was started and finished by James Justin. His ball into Iheanacho allowed the striker to expertly turn his man and find Maddison who bided his time before threading the ball through to Justin who found the back of the net to assure the win.

Leicester's win at Craven Cottage was their first there since 1983, and fresh off the back of ending the barren run, manager Brendan Rodgers spoke to the media to discuss his side's classy performance. 

On the performance

After a disappointing result against Leeds at the weekend, Leicester more than made up for it with the way they played against Fulham.

Bar the odd chance for Scott Parker's side, the East Midlanders dominated the proceedings, dictating the tempo of the play and creating plenty of chances throughout the game, something Rodgers was happy to see.

He said: "I thought it was an excellent win, their record was very good over the past few games, and they were hard to beat.

"It was about pressing and playing in the lines. We played excellently in the first half, in the second, we just controlled the game."

On the goals

In Rodgers' tenure at Leicester, the East Midlanders have played some fluid football at times and both goals in West London demonstrated that.

The Foxes were well in control for both of their strikes, dictating the play with some nice build-up play before unleashing a killer cross or pass to put their opposition to the sword.

“We scored two goals of great quality" said Rodgers. 

"The first one we won the ball back and it’s a brilliant cross. We’re delighted for Kels [Iheanacho].

“The second was a different type, with good possession, played quickly, and then there’s the left-back getting up there to support with good energy.”

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On James Justin 

It seems that with each game that passes by, James Justin just gets better and better. His goal, and Leicester's second, demonstrated his importance to the side alone.

Starting off the move with a neat pass into Kelechi Iheanacho, the full-back then bombed on to make an 84-yard run to split the Fulham backline and stroke the ball into an empty net.

Not only that, but Justin also turned in yet another defensively astute performance and his boss was equally as impressed with his display.

"He’s been amazing with the amount of positions he’s played for me" said the Northern Irishman. 

"Tonight he attacked at the right time and got a brilliant goal. He’s been brilliant for us, and is the perfect example of how to come into the team and perform when needed."

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On Hamza Choudhury

Just less than 48 hours ago, it seemed destined that Hamza Choudhury wouldn't be a part of Rodgers' plans for the short-term at least, but fast forward to Wednesday night and he was in from the start.

The ball-winning midfielder had been linked with a loan move to Newcastle United but after the move failed to materialise, the Foxes academy graduate replaced Nampalys Mendy in the starting line-up.

It was a solid display from the 23-year-old and after the game, Rodgers confirmed he is a player that will be important for him in the future.

He said: "Hamza is not a player we want to lose, and he’s an important player for us, but all people want to play. We were going to grant him that opportunity.

"I said to Hamza “you may not get out” [to play for Newcastle] and if you don’t, you’re playing on Wednesday night. "That shows how important he was to us."

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On the return of key players

After one positive result on the pitch, there was also more good news for Leicester fans as the attention now turns to a tricky away test at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

And after missing two key players in Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy in recent fixtures, Foxes boss Rodgers is confident that both will make their return at Molineux this weekend.

The 48-year-old said: "We’re very hopeful they will be back. I spoke to the medical team today, and they've been working outside really well."

There was some unfortunate news however after Rodgers said that young defender Wesley Fofana won't be expected to return straight away.

He said: “The medical guys are telling me four to five weeks. It’s a shame because he’s been brilliant for us.”

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