Claude Puel elated with Foxes display


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Leicester City coach Claude Puel was quick to praise his troops after their response to an early setback in their 3-2 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Foxes were behind inside the first four minutes when Newcastle’s Joselu opened the scoring after a good run from fellow forward Dwight Gayle.

Leicester hit back through winger Riyad Mahrez before Demarai Gray gave Puel’s troops the lead at St James’ Park with the help of a deflection.

However, Leicester were pegged back again when Gayle found the back of the net in the second half.

Puel’s side ultimately secured their third game on the bounce though, with Ayoze Perez scoring an own goal in the 86th minute.

The victory moved them up to eighth in the Premier League table and Puel was delighted with the character shown by his troops.

He told Sky Sports: “I think we deserved this win with a fantastic positive attitude.

It was a difficult game – we had to play against Newcastle and against this atmosphere, and it’s always difficult to play, to resist sometimes under pressure.

“The second goal gave us the lead, but it was difficult, but a draw would have been difficult to accept, so my team deserved the third goal with a fantastic and positive attitude.

“The first example is Shinji – he is a kamikaze and it’s a good thing for the team.

He’s a fantastic player with fantastic spirit and all the squad like him because he gives everything and he also gives his body for the team.”

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