Brendan Rodgers praises Leicester's 'great mentality' after quick response
Leicester City Manager Brendan Rodgers applauds the travelling Leicester City fans after the Premier League match between Leeds United and Leicester City at Elland Road on November 7, 2021 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Leicester City drew 1-1 against Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon after an exciting end-to-end affair in the Premier League.

Harvey Barnes scored a stunning goal to equalise only seconds after Raphinha had given Leeds the lead from a free-kick.

Brendan Rodgers will be happy with the point, but the Foxes were denied all three after Ademola Lookman’s goal was disallowed for offside by VAR.

Rodgers spoke to the media following the game.

Overall thoughts

Leicester are now without a win in three games in all competitions and are still awaiting a kickstart to their season.

The Foxes are 12th in the table and missed out on a win that would have put them inside the top six which is where they aim to be.

Leeds overwhelmed Rodgers’ side at times but they also had chances of their own and could have had more goals if their execution in possession was better.

The Northern Irishman gave his thoughts on the game. He said: "For us to put that effort in and show the courage to keep going, we created some great chances but failed to make the final pass and finishes. The supporters will go home proud of the team.

"We showed a great mentality, going behind and Harvey scored a brilliant goal. We were unfortunate with the goal disallowed. We had a good few moments in the right areas."

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Lookman’s disallowed goal

With 20 minutes left, Lookman had the ball in the back of the net following a tap in at the back post. However, after a lengthy VAR check, the goal was ruled out for offside.

This would have possibly secured a huge three points for Leicester and manager Rodgers wasn’t happy with the screenshot used in the VAR process.

He said: "From what I have seen, the image with the line drawn shows he is a fraction offside. But the ball on contact I assume he is behind the ball."

Barnes back on form?

Barnes made his first start in over a month in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon and was back in goals after a stunning effort levelled the scoring.

The winger seemed back to his best with some pacey, direct runs at the Leeds defence. Having spent time outside the starting line-up, Barnes would have been keen to gain his place back.

Rodgers was happy with the academy product’s performance. "He's returning more to himself,” the Leicester boss said. “He's a huge talent and I think as the season goes on he'll get better and better. He showed his top quality with the goal."

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Another key injury?

Youri Tielemans signalled to be substituted after picking up a knock during a heavy challenge with goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

The Belgian was withdrawn and replaced by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. Rodgers revealed what the injury was: “He [Tielemans] said his calf was sore. So it's a little bit of a worry." he said.

If Tielemans is to be sidelined he will join multiple key players who are already out.

Wesley Fofana is slowly returning to fitness after his leg break, whilst James Justin is a few weeks away from making his comeback. Marc Albrighton has also missed the past two games after picking up an injury.

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