Pundit Ashley Williams has suggested Leicester City’s previous set-piece woes could be playing on their minds.
The Foxes came from behind to draw 1-1 with Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium in their final game before the international break. Harvey Barnes’ equaliser early in the second half rescued a point for the visitors to leave them above the relegation spots.
But City’s defending for the Bees’ opener has come in for criticism. From a corner, Daniel Amartey could only half clear Bryan Mbeumo’s ball across the six-yard box and Mathias Jensen scored with a deflected shot.
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“I don’t know where to start,” Williams said, when analysing the visitors’ defending for the goal on Match of the Day. “Brentford overload the back stick, which is fine, but the problem is they are outnumbered four-v-two on the edge of the box. Brentford have done really well to ring the box; they’ve gone short, they’ve missed out the first one and have played it across again. Leicester have charged out, he’s reversed it, but Tete just completely switches off.
“That’s not his job at all. He’s got his hand in the air for an offside, which it isn’t. It does take a couple of deflections on the way in, but the problem is the defending from the start. There’s a domino effect.
“Six players all expect him to shoot and to block it. You might say, fair play, trying to block the shot, which doesn’t happen anyway, but there’s nobody marking in the box.
“From that bad set-up, it’s just one mistake after another, which leads to a goal. With Leicester’s previous history of defending set-pieces poorly, I just wonder if it’s in their heads.
“They’re trying to block the shot. They’re all getting up - six of them - to block one shot which doesn’t happen. It’s a clever corner from Brentford’s point of view, but that’s bad defending either way.”
Williams’ verdict was in contrast to that of City boss Brendan Rodgers, who felt his team had stood up to the challenge against the Bees’ set-pieces. He said: "We've had to defend well from set-pieces and we're unfortunate with the goal from a deflection. When we needed that bit of quality we got it and it's a great goal from Barnes.”
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