Wednesday 18 September 2019

Puel proud of Leicester rally

Brighton 1 Leicester 1

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates with team-mates after scoring. Photo: Dan Istitene/Getty Images
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates with team-mates after scoring. Photo: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Claude Puel declared himself proud of his Leicester side after they came from behind to draw at Brighton with 10 men. The Foxes were in dire straits after Glenn Murray opened the scoring for the hosts and James Maddison was sent off after picking up two yellow cards in as many minutes. But Leicester rallied and were the better team after the interval as Jamie Vardy came off the bench to earn a draw with a late penalty.

Brighton failed to create any clear chances to take advantage of Maddison's 28th-minute dismissal, with Puel pleased by the effort the visitors put in to wrestle back a share of the spoils.

Proud: Claude Puel. Photo: Dan Istitene/Getty Images
Proud: Claude Puel. Photo: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Asked if we was proud of his players, he replied: "Yes, of course. I am proud about our collective reaction. We played like 11 men. It was a fantastic feeling to come back after difficulties in the first half.

"We came back with desire but also with quality and a strong performance in our mentality and quality with the ball.

"We deserved the win a because we dominated a lot of the second half, played football and had chances."

Maddison was booked for a petulant kick on Anthony Knockaert before picking up a second caution moments later for diving in an attempt to win a penalty. Leicester have picked up four red cards from 13 league games this season.

Jamie Vardy's goal. Photo: Dan Istitene/Getty Images
Jamie Vardy's goal. Photo: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Brighton boss Chris Hughton was frustrated by his team's inability to seal three points which would have drawn his side level with Leicester in the table.

He said: "I'm hugely disappointed. We were in a similar position last week, and you know when you play against a team of 10 men they are going to play a certain way.

"You have either not got to concede, or you have to take advantage of it. There is always a chance the opposition will get back in."

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