Rodgers shows his faith

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers. Pic: PA

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers was richly rewarded for the trust he placed in his players as they negotiated an energy-sapping festive programme.

The Foxes emerged from a gruelling schedule having responded to back-to-back defeats by Manchester City and Liverpool with victories at West Ham and Newcastle despite making wholesale changes.

Nine of the men who played in the 4-0 Boxing Day defeat by Liverpool were rested for Saturday's trip to the London Stadium, and six of them returned at St James' Park on New Year's Day as a maximum six points were banked even without the services of injured striker Jamie Vardy.

Reflecting on the 3-0 win on Tyneside, Rodgers said: "Some of these players, you're going to see if they flourish if you put them in.

"Whether it was scientific or psychological, it doesn't really matter. It's very, very difficult, to play like we were on a Thursday at 8pm and if our game is based around intensity and physicality, and then we play on a Saturday less than 48 hours later.

"You don't need to be a rocket scientist to know that you're not going to be able to have that input physically into the game, so you have to make the changes. But I trust the squad. I see how professional they are and know that we could make that change."