Saturday 20 January 2018

It's been a tough season, says Leicester's Demerai Gray

Leicester's Demarai Gray, right, battles with Stoke's Ryan Shawcross in the Foxes' 2-0 win on Saturday
Leicester's Demarai Gray, right, battles with Stoke's Ryan Shawcross in the Foxes' 2-0 win on Saturday

Leicester winger Demarai Gray admits he has found his extended spells on the sideline tough after a starring role in the Foxes' 2-0 win over Stoke.

Victory also meant boss Craig Shakespeare became the first Englishman to win his first four games in the Premier League.

Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy scored on Saturday to hand Leicester their fifth straight win in all competitions and they are now six points clear of the relegation zone.

Gray impressed in just his eighth league start of the season but conceded he has wanted to play more.

He told the club's official site: "It's been a very tough season for me, I've been in and out.

"Just like any player I want to play but I've had to be patient, and any time I get my opportunity I want to impact and play well.

"I've got to be direct and lively and get the fans lively as well, I've got to keep doing what I'm doing.

"Everything is looking good now and hopefully we can keep our momentum and get more points."

The win allowed Shakespeare to join Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Guus Hiddink and Pep Guardiola as the only managers to win their first four Premier League games.

Shakespeare said: "I'm very proud. You sometimes have to pinch yourself in terms of the names being mentioned.

"I'm at a very, very early stage in my management career but to be mentioned in the same breath as them makes me very proud.

"I realise there's a lot people to thank along the way, in terms of my previous managers when I've been an assistant but also the players."

Marko Arnautovic had a goal disallowed for offside while Peter Crouch missed two late chances as Stoke remained ninth.

And captain Ryan Shawcross admitted the Potters failed to show up at the King Power Stadium and targeted a response at Burnley on Tuesday.

"We're disappointed, it's a game we were looking to win and we didn't perform," he told the club's official site.

"We're desperate to put this right and I'm 100 per cent certain there will be a massive reaction when we face Burnley, and hopefully we can get the three points."

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