Brendan Rodgers's Premier League return starts with painful Watford defeat

Brendan Rodgers's Premier League return starts with painful Watford defeat

Brendan Rodgers's Premier League return starts with painful Watford defeat

Vardy returned to something like his best last season, scoring 20 league goals as Leicester finished ninth under previous boss Claude Puel.

Celtic are set to play their first Cup game without Brendan Rodgers in two and a half years and never lost a tie under the now Leicester boss.

Jamie Vardy's equaliser seemed to have earned Rodgers' men a draw at Vicarage Road on Sunday after the striker cancelled out an early header by Troy Deeney 15 minutes from time.

But, after a poor clearance by Kasper Schmeichel, Deeney lifted the ball into the path of Gray and the substitute beat the Leicester goalkeeper in stoppage time.

Adrian Mariappa should have given Watford an early lead but fired straight at Schmeichel from six yards out, though the hosts opened the scoring in the fifth minute.

Rodgers would've been happy with what he saw on Tuesday night from the stands as he saw his new Leicester side run out 2-1 winners at home to Brighton to push away any relegation battle fears.

That was the trend for both sides in the remainder of the half as the visitors failed to register a single effort on target in the opening 45 minutes. Vardy positioned himself in between the two centre-backs and Youri Tielemans' through-ball was flawless for the former England striker to race on to and clip a smart first-time finish past Foster.

Asked if he could return to Celtic as manager, Northern Irishman Rodgers said: "Yes".

But after the defeat Rodgers said there is "a lot of potential" within the squad - the second youngest in the Premier League.

Watford have won three of their last four Premier League games and sit eighth in the Premier League.

"The players were excellent in the second half and it looked like there was only one team that was going to win the game", Rodgers told the BBC.

But Rodgers could not hide his frustration on the touchline when Schmeichel sloppily gave the ball away to allow Deeney and Gray to link up for the victor.

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