Brendan Rodgers vows to carry on and has ‘never lost faith’ despite FIVE straight losses.

Brendan Rodgers vows to keep fighting as Leicester boss and insists he ‘never lost faith’ despite FIVE straight defeats and the recent hammering of Brighton have put him under immense pressure

  • Brendan Rodgers insists he will remain Leicester boss despite terrible start
  • The Foxes have just one point from six games and were beaten 5-2 by Brighton
  • However, Rodgers still believes there is a chance for his fortunes to change
  • The last time the Foxes played five straight games, it resulted in the sacking of Claudio Ranieri

Brendan Rodgers vowed to fight on as Leicester boss but has come under increasing scrutiny after the club’s worst start to the season since 1983.

Leicester’s 5-2 win over Brighton was their fifth consecutive league defeat, a sequence which most recently resulted in the sacking of Claudio Ranieri in February 2017. Rodgers was booed full-time by some of the traveling Foxes supporters.

The Foxes meet Aston Villa at home on Saturday before traveling to Tottenham the following weekend ahead of the international break – but the pathetic display at the Amex Stadium hardly indicated they were about to turn a corner.

Leicester suffered another Premier League defeat for the fifth straight season

Leicester suffered another Premier League defeat for the fifth straight season

Brighton blew the Foxes away in the second half after being held 2-2 until the break

Brighton blew the Foxes away in the second half after being held 2-2 until the break

Asked if he still has the support of Leicester’s ownership, Rodgers said: “I’ve never asked about it in all my time here. I never wanted it. I will continue to do my job and come in and learn and do as much as I can.

“I never turned down the job. I’ve always arrived early and finished late at night, and unless someone tells me otherwise, I will continue to do so.

“The challenge, we have to accept it, I certainly won’t shy away from it. It was really difficult but we just have to focus on the team and work well and hopefully then the fans can really support the team.

A banner appeared at Amex Stadium that spelled out certain fans' opinions of Rodgers

A banner appeared at Amex Stadium that spelled out certain fans’ opinions of Rodgers

The seeds of Leicester’s poor start were sown in a difficult summer when they only signed one outfield player, Wout Faes.

The Belgium defender was brought in to replace Wesley Fofana, who joined Chelsea for £75m but was unavailable here as his paperwork failed to arrive in time.

The Foxes' only outfielder, Wout Faes, watched as his new side struggled

The Foxes’ only outfielder, Wout Faes, watched as his new side struggled

Rodgers has repeatedly expressed frustration at Leicester’s lack of activity in the market as the club are keen to ensure they comply with UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations in the coming months.

Despite the transfer window only closing four days ago, Rodgers again hinted that the most effective solution to Leicester’s problems is to sign new players.

He said: “I’ve never lost faith in what I do but the summer has been a challenge for us. Ultimately I am responsible for the results and the results were not good enough at that moment.

“I hope we can sign players in January? Yes absolutely. We have the players that we have that have the skills that they have and we have to try to maximize what we can get out of them. We must try to find every way.

“It’s like a puzzle for us. We are missing parts. It’s a constant challenge trying to fill in the gaps where the pieces are missing. That’s the reality.

“That will not stop us from fighting for the best possible results. Football can change very quickly and if we get a result it will give the players a lot of confidence and then we can go from there.

The Argentine midfielder then added the icing on the cake with a superb late free-kick

The Argentine midfielder then added the icing on the cake with a superb late free-kick

Brighton manager Graham Potter was delighted with his team’s performance but frustrated the result was no more impressive. Alexis Mac Allister’s glorious strike early in the second half was ruled out because two team-mates were ruled offside – although it took VAR nearly five minutes to make the decision.

Potter said: “It’s disappointing for him as he’ll probably never hit a better ball, and for the fans. The downside of VAR is that it takes away the joy of scoring as it always has to be checked.

“Maybe you see the right decision, but… ah, ok. Luckily it was still a good result for us.’

Alexis Mac Allister converted from the spot after Trossard was brought down by Wilfred Ndidi

Alexis Mac Allister converted from the spot after Trossard was brought down by Wilfred Ndidi

MATCH FACTS & REVIEWS

Brighton (3-5-2): Sanchez 6; Veltman 6.5, Dunk 6, Webster 7; March 8 (Lamptey 90), Caicedo 7.5 (Gilmour 90), Mac Allister 8.5, Mwepu 8 (Undav 84), Trossard 8 (Estupiñán 89); Gross 8, Welbeck 7.

Subs not used: Steele, Colwill, Alzate, Mitoma, Van Hecke.

Booked: MacAllister

Graham Potter: 8th

Leicester (4-2-3-1): Ward 8; Justin 4, Ndidi 4:5, Evans 5:5, Thomas 6; Tielemans 6 (Amartey 72, 5.5), Soumare 5.5 (Dewsbury Hall 72, 5); Maddison 4, Iheanacho 6:5 (Vardy 72, 6), Barnes 5:5 (Castagne 46, 6); Daka 6.5.

Subs not used: Iversen, Albrighton, Perez, Mendy, Praet.

Booked: Thomas

Brendan Rodgers: 4.5

Referee: Tony Harrington6

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