Brendan Rodgers praised attacker Kelechi Iheanacho, who netted his first Premier League hat-trick in Leicester City’s 5-0 thrashing of bottom-placed Sheffield United on Sunday.
Paul Heckingbottom, who was appointed interim manager after Sheffield United decided to part ways with Chris Wilder on Saturday, saw Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho and star striker Jamie Vardy run his defence ragged.
“Kelechi Iheanacho is a great guy and when he has been asked to come in, he has performed. Absolutely delighted for him to have got a hat-trick in the Premier League. It’s a great achievement and all were very good team goals,” Leicester manager Rodgers in an interview with the BBC.
Vardy, who has struggled in front of goal recently, set up two of Iheanacho’s goals before having his shot deflected into his net own by Ethan Ampadu.
“He allows the players to get up with him, he got in the right positions … he keeps going for the team. He maybe could have scored, we always appreciate everything he brings for the team,” the manager told Sky Sports.
The performance of Heckingbottom, who will be in charge until the end of the season, was disappointing.
In an interview with the BBC, he said:
“We know the circumstances behind it. It’s been a tough week in losing Chris (Wilder) … the players and the staff have lost their leader. It’s taken its toll, it’s an emotional dressing room.”
“You can’t get rid of the feelings. The focus was solely on this game. But it’s more of an emotional thing, I think. You can see it and feel it and sense it, which is to be expected.
“It’s a sad time but we have to look forward. There is still a lot of football to play.”
The foxes are in the third position in the Premier League table, having accumulated 56 points in the last 29 games.