Wednesday 24 July 2019

Claude Puel demands overdue victory when Foxes tackle Terriers

Claude Puel's Leicester have taken one point from their last four matches
Claude Puel's Leicester have taken one point from their last four matches

Leicester boss Claude Puel has labelled the New Year's Day clash with Huddersfield as "crucial" for his Foxes as they look to end their winless run.

Since claiming victory four times in a row in the Premier League, Leicester have taken only one point from the four games that have followed.

Ahead of the home match against the Terriers, Puel, whose men lost 2-1 at Liverpool on Saturday, said: "This is a crucial game for us.

"We need to build new momentum. It is not a good period for the results."

The Anfield contest saw Jamie Vardy put the visitors in front before Mohamed Salah's second-half brace turned things around.

Puel's team also opened the scoring at Watford on Boxing Day, only to end up being beaten 2-1.

Leicester have played six away matches under the Frenchman following his appointment as their manager in October and while they have had the lead in all of them, only two have yielded wins.

Puel added: "We need to make progress with our quality, after we regain possession for example.

"There is fantastic hard work from all the team, with togetherness and a positive outlook.

"But now we need to have a little more possession and control of the ball.

"We were leading a lot of games away in these last games but often the team can come back against us. We need to have more control of the game."

Eighth-placed Leicester face a Huddersfield outfit who they lead by three places and three points in the table.

David Wagner's team are unbeaten in four games, having drawn each of their last three.

Leicester will assess Ben Chilwell after the defender missed the match on Saturday due to illness.

Robert Huth, sidelined since the summer by an ankle injury, has been nearing a first-team return but is not set to feature in this contest, and Danny Simpson (hamstring) is still out.

While Adrien Silva will be registered for Leicester in January, his paperwork will not come in time for him to be involved in Monday's game.

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