Claude Puel felt there were plenty positives to be had despite his Leicester City side going
down 2-0 at home to Tottenham on Saturday.
The Foxes started the game in good form but failed to create the sort of clear-cut chances needed to break down Spurs.
They were hit by a sucker blow on the stroke of half-time when South Korean forward Son Heung-min’s superb curling strike found the top corner to give Tottenham a lead.
Son turned provider in the second half, teeing up Dele Alli to double the advantage and ensure Mauricio Pochettino’s side would go back into third place above Arsenal and Chelsea.
It may have halted Leicester’s six-game unbeaten run, but Puel was refusing to be too downbeat about the performance, though he did rue the lack of a cutting edge in key areas of the field.
“We started very well and it was a shame because we wasted good opportunities without the good clinical edge, the right pass or the right control,” said the Foxes boss.
“With more calm and more quality we could have had more opportunities in the first half. We were disappointed about our lack of clinical precision with the ball.
“We deserved to compete to the end against this team because it was a good start and we had good play.”
The game marked the first in four years that Spurs had started a Premier League game without Harry Kane or Christian Eriksen in their ranks.
Leicester head for struggling Crystal Palace next weekend. Puel’s team are 3.25 to win at Selhurst Park, with Palace favourites 2.38 and the draw priced at 3.20.