Claude Puel praises Foxes defence


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Leicester boss Claude Puel hailed his side’s defensive effort after they claimed a 1-0 win at Everton on Tuesday. Jamie Vardy’s second half strike proved the difference as the Foxes picked up a third win in four games, which sees them move up to seventh in the Premier League table.

“In the first half, we had good solidity, we were strong in defence and had a good block,” he told Sky Sports.

“We worked a lot of balls with good work on the pitch, but sometimes we need to improve our start with the ball because we lost some good balls to make some good counter-attacks.

“It was important to come out in the second half with the same desire and togetherness to use in some situations.

It was a good opportunity with the ball recovery by Ricardo [Pereira], it was a good assist [for the goal] and we know the finish of Jamie in these situations.”

He added: “I am happy for the players because we lost our last game at home to Cardiff, which was not a fair result, and we said after the game that we should try to take these three points away.”

Leicester are back in action on Saturday when they host Southampton and can be backed at 2.00 to secure the win, while a 2-0 win for Puel’s men pays out at 8.50. A victory for Saints is 3.80 and a draw is 3.50.

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