Claude Puel disappointed by Saints defeat


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Leicester boss Claude Puel admits Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to struggling Southampton came as a “big disappointment”.

Puel had been hoping for a reaction after Leicester were dumped out of the FA Cup by League Two’s Newport County last weekend but the Foxes were 1-0 down after 11 minutes as James Ward-Prowse opened the scoring from the penalty spot.

Saints were reduced to 10 men when Yan Valery was dismissed for a second bookable offence but the visitors doubled their advantage soon after through Shane Long.

Leicester pulled a goal back through Wilfred Ndidi in the second half but couldn’t find an equaliser despite their numerical advantage.

“It’s a big disappointment, we wanted a good response after our cup game,” he said.

“The players were focused, perhaps a little nervous, and we showed this in the first half.

“We wanted to perform, we wanted to have a reaction and our concentration was perhaps too much. It was a difficult scenario.

“We didn’t manage the first half well. It would have been good to have come back without the second goal but it was harsh and it was a bad moment.

“We played with desire and intensity in the second half but we didn’t perform enough.”

Leicester head to Wolves in the next round of Premier League fixtures and they are 3.30 to claim all three points. A Wolves win is 2.30 and a draw can be backed at 3.20.

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