Kelechi Iheanacho should have scored a late goal to dent Manchester City’s Premier League title hopes, said Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers.
Iheanacho came off the bench with 10 minutes to go at the Etihad Stadium on Monday with Leicester trailing 1-0 to Vincent Kompany’s unstoppable 25-yard strike.
The former City striker who was sold ro Leicester City by Pep Guardiola wasted a glorious opportunity to earn the Foxes a draw, which would have left Liverpool in top spot in the table. And this has consequently set tongues wagging.
Iheanacho has not scored a single Premier League goal this season but Rodgers felt the Nigeria international ought to have made more of his late chance.
“He should score, I said that to him afterwards, in the big games there are not many moments,” Rodgers told a news conference of Iheanacho’s miss.
“It was tight, we were very, very good in our defensive organisations. They didn’t have many chances and we didn’t have many. But the one that came, you have to score that. He knows.
“It’s moments when you can come into the game and make an impact, he’s a great boy, works very, very hard in training.
“He’s got in front of him a top-class operator in Jamie [Vardy] so it’s difficult for him to find rhythm. However, it’s moments like that where you can make an impact. He’s actually done that in the other games.
“It was a big chance for him (Iheanacho). The ball was there and it was on his good side. But it wasn’t to be. He got himself in the position … I felt we would have deserved that at least.”
Leicester were keeping City at bay until Kompany’s rocket, although they posed little threat of their own. Iheanacho’s late miss made it a regrettable defeat, ending any hopes of catching Wolves in seventh spot.