Mor­gan: Foxes De­feat A Re­al­ity Check

He says his team won’t need time to adopt to a new man­ager’s sys­tem.

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Le­ices­ter cap­tain Wes Mor­gan says his side’s shock open­ing-day de­feat at Hull was the “re­al­ity check” they needed at the start of their ti­tle de­fence. The Foxes, who lost only three out of 38 Pre­mier League games in 2015-16, were beaten 2-1 by the newly pro­moted and man­ager­less Tigers at KCOM Sta­dium. “We tried, but we were sec­ond-best,” Mor­gan told Sky. “Hull de­served to win. “We need to learn from the neg­a­tives to put it right. We will work in train­ing and cut out the lit­tle mis­takes.”

Le­ices­ter looked vul­ner­a­ble de­fen­sively against a makeshift Hull side and also strug­gled up front, with Jamie Vardy miss­ing three good chances. “It was the first game so there was al­ways go­ing to be a bit of rust on the play­ers,” Mor­gan added. “We need to dust that off and come back bet­ter.

“At the top every­one looks for you to fall we need to show it’s a blip, and that we can bounce back.”

Foxes boss Clau­dio Ranieri felt his side, which fea­tured two sum­mer sign­ings in Ahmed Musa and Luis Her­nan­dez, failed to gel. “Our ef­fort was amaz­ing but it was in­di­vid­ual, not as a team and that is the key of the match,” Ranieri ex­plained. “We tried to win but some­times it’s im­pos­si­ble - they de­fended very well. We made some mis­takes and we have to think where we made them.”

Hull care­taker boss Mike Phe­lan re­vealed af­ter the game that he will stay in charge un­til the own­er­ship of the club is re­solved. Steve Bruce left his role as man­ager on 22 July - a break­down in his re­la­tion­ship with vice-chair­man Ehab Al­lam con­tribut­ing to his de­par­ture.

Tigers fans protested be­fore the game, call­ing for owner As­sam Al­lam to sell the club.

“All I’m aware of is that a takeover is hap­pen­ing,” Phe­lan said. “It’s not a fi­nalised deal yet. I’m in charge up to that point - I agreed to that. “There’s a week to the next game [against Swansea next Satur­day] and a lot will hap­pen in that time I’m sure.” Hull have not made any sig­nif­i­cant sign­ings since they were pro­moted via the play-offs and in­juries meant Phe­lan only had a wafer-thin squad to pick from against the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons. “We set our stall out to make sure we had a foothold in the game,” Phe­lan said. “It was great to see every­one pulled to­gether and we got a re­sult that sur­prised a few peo­ple.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion for play­ers but they are pro­fes­sion­als. They’ve earned the right to be here and they en­joyed them­selves. The play­ers bonded well to­gether and all put that ex­tra bit in. The ic­ing on the cake is when you get a re­sult. “We’re work­ing hard. I’m sure Steve [Bruce] will have en­joyed that re­sult as well.”

Photo: BBC Sports

Le­ices­ter City cap­tain Wes Mor­gan yes­ter­day.

Photo: BBC Sports

Jamie Vardy talks with Le­ices­ter City manger Clau­dio Ranieri on the side­line yes­ter­day.

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