Puel & Iheanacho On Fleetwood Win
Leicester City manager Claude Puel and goalscorer Kelechi Iheanacho have both given their thoughts following Tuesday's FA Cup replay win over Fleetwood Town.
Hosting the side at the King Power Stadium for the replay after drawing a blank at Highbury Stadium, Iheanacho struck a brace and went down in history as the first player in England to have a decision overturned by the Video Assistant Referee system.
For his second on the day, he was wrongly flagged as offside, but the referee took the VAR review onboard and awarded the goal.
Speaking to lcfc.com in his post game press conference, a delighted Puel explained.
'It was difficult to play against a strong defensive unit and without space in the first half. They were waiting for the counter attack. We tried to play in the first half but it was important to get behind their line more in the second half. It was important to find solutions in the second half. It was a good response and we deserved this result. It was good to see our quality in the second half. It wasn`t enough in the first half because we were against a strong defensive unit and we didn`t press them enough, so they controlled the passes. We found our game in the second half.'
With Iheanacho getting the goals, Puel was pleased with his performance as he got a run out again.
'He gave a good response today with quality. I was happy about his game because he created good situations and was always available. He played simple and he got his reward just before half time. In the second half it was interesting. He gave a good response. It was important for him and for the squad. I`m happy for him.'
With VAR being involved, the Frenchman was obviously delighted to see it work out for us as we booked our place in the fourth round.
'I think it`s perfect, of course! Of course it was a good thing because it was a good goal. Perhaps there was something against Vicente Iborra at a free kick too, but for us it was a good thing. It`s different because initially the referee refused the goal but after the video we saw it was a good goal. It`s a good thing. I said the other day that when a goal is scored and the referee consults on the decision, it could be frustrating for the player, but for this it was a different situation. It didn`t take long. It was a short time between the decisions, it was okay.'
With Iheanacho getting the brace on the day, in his own interview he was quick to praise the work ethic shown by the entire team.
'We`re happy we got past them today. It was a very good game and they are a good side so we are happy we got the win tonight. Coming back and scoring the two goals, I`m very happy. We worked together as team and we played a very good game tonight. It wasn`t that good in the first half but we stuck together as a team and got the first goal.'
As for the second goal, he went on to explain.
'To be fair, I didn`t know whether I was onside or offside. Riyad Mahrez told me I was onside. It was a great goal. I didn`t get to celebrate with the fans at first. But the goal counts and it`s a good thing because this now happens in football so we love it. There was a bit of time wasted there but it was a good thing for everyone to see what happened.'
With Peterborough United next up in the cup at London Road, he ended by saying.
'It`s a great competition, we never know what`s going to happen in the future but we will keep working hard in training and in games. If we play 90 minutes, we will give our best and we`ll win games and that`s what it`s all about.'