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Claude Puel relieved to score first and keep ‘55,000 Newcastle United fans’ quiet

5 months ago
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Claude Puel watched on as his Leicester team took all three points.

The Foxes strolling to victory thanks to goals from Vardy and Maguire.

You always felt that at any time they could have stepped up their game, as Newcastle were a poor second best.

It summed it up when Newcastle’s only shot on target was a 60 yard hopeful lob from Jonjo Shelvey.

Claude Puel though, insisted it was essential Leicester scored first…

Claude Puel talking to LCFC TV:

“I think it was a fantastic performance, a fantastic collective performance for us.

“It’s a good reward for the team because we played against a difficult team with strength, good players, duels and battles.

“It was important to always keep our focus, our concentration of long balls and second balls.

“It was tough and we have to manage this game and I since the beginning, since kick-off, we didn’t control all of the game but we played with consistency and I think it’s a good performance for us.

“[We had] discipline, structure and good play on the floor after to use the good balls. I’m happy about our collective performance and all of the players gave their best in this condition.”

“We know in this stadium, at St James Park, with 50,000, 55,000 people, we needed to score first because we know the atmosphere.

“We have had also the good support from our fans.

“They were up in the stadium but we listened a lot and I would like to thank them for their support because it’s important away from home to continue to support the team. They deserve a lot of good support because they always give their best.

“I was happy about our collective performance. It’s not the perfect game, but I think it’s a game we can take some good momentum from after.

“We need to keep our humility, to respect the opponent and to play with discipline and creativity with the ball.

“It’s important that the first priority, the most important thing, is to have this discipline, to get good transitions with the ball – to attack together and to defend together. I think in this condition and situation, it was a good example this afternoon.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Leicester 2

Goals:

Leicester: Vardy 30, Maguire 73

Possession was Leicester 59% Newcastle 41%

Total shots were  Leicester 12 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Leicester 5 Newcastle 1

Corners were  Leicester 9 Newcastle 5

Referee: Simon Hooper

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin (Manquillo 80), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Murphy 65), Shelvey, Diame, Atsu, Perez (Muto 69), Joselu

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Schar, Longstaff, Hayden

Crowd: 51,523 (3,000 Leicester approx)

(Video – Absolute disgrace as Mike Ashley sends in his people to take down Rafa Benitez and Kevin Keegan banners – Watch here)

(To read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Leicester defeat go HERE)

(To read the Newcastle player match ratings go HERE)

(Disgraceful lies as newspaper headlines claim ‘Newcastle fans turn on Rafa Benitez after Leicester’ – Read HERE)

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