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Leicester struggling to adapt to set-piece crackdown, Danny Simpson admits after Man Utd defeat

Chris Smalling (4L) opens the scoring for Manchester United at Old Traffford
Image: Chris Smalling's goal was one of three Manchester United scored from corners against Leicester

Danny Simpson says Leicester are struggling to get to grips with the Premier League crackdown on set-piece defending.

Officials are under orders to penalise the kind of shirt-tugging and blocking that for years went largely unpunished.

And Simpson admits the new rules are having an impact on the champions' experienced defenders, who could not prevent Manchester United scoring three goals from corners during Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

"Err, I have to be careful what I say," he said. "It is in your mind, yes, we have seen a few decisions this season. It is in
your mind.

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Man Utd 4-1 Leicester

"It is something we have to learn to adapt to as players. They have changed the rules.

"The way it was last season, I thought we were very good at defending set-pieces and we made it tough for the opponents.

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"You have been doing that for all your career and suddenly you have got to change it, but it's the same for everyone, it's something we have got to work on and look at."

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Leicester have shipped four goals three times already this season, but a 4-1 defeat at Liverpool was followed by a 3-0 win in Bruges in the club's first Champions League game.

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Jamie Carragher on Leicester's defending

Porto visit the King Power Stadium on Tuesday, and Simpson said: "That is the spirit of our team, we know we are good at bouncing back.

"We have to go again, we have a massive game on Tuesday again, our first in the Champions League at home and we will have to turn it around."

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