Leicester 3 Huddersfield 1 Review

Huddersfield dropped to the foot of the table with their second defeat in a row as they lost 3-1 at the King Power Stadium to Leicester.

Despite heading into the game having failed to score in 24 of their past 43 Premier League games, the most of any club, it was actually Town broke the deadlock via Mathias Jorgensen squeezed the ball past Kasper Schmeichel from close range after a flick-on from Laurent Depoitre.

David Wagner’s side committed to get a second and to put Claude Puel’s team under pressure but were caught out by a quick counter attack from Kelechi Iheanacho.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors when James Maddison scored a 25 yard free-kick after Nampalys Mendy fouled the Foxes’ newest star midfielder.

Puel talked about how Maddison has gradually been improving and adding to the team:

“Maddison improves game after game and he scored a fantastic free-kick,” said Puel.

“We didn’t know what he could give at the beginning of the season, he had only played in the Championship, but he has the quality to improve with us.”

The hosts ended the game when Jamie Vardy ran through on goal and lifted the ball over Jonas Lossl.

Puel rounded off by giving his thoughts on the game:

“It was a bad start and we have often had difficulties at the start of games. I would like to prevent this start and we have to correct this situation. It is always difficult to find space and come back into games but I am happy about our desire and our mentality.

“It is a fantastic feeling to overcome this opponent who plays deep and defends well and it was important to come back in the second half with more desire and put them under pressure. We have quality on the pitch but our beginning is not enough.”

Wagner touched on what let his side down after going ahead:

“We made so many big mistakes in my point of view. We got the lead but we gave them presents. We conceded two counter-attack goals against Leicester, and we didn’t use our chances in the offensive side.

“Apart from that, the performance and the attitude was there. If I compare the gap between us and the other teams, there is not a lot and I can see we are closing the gap in terms of performances and the talent we have, but the opponent didn’t have to invest anything to score today and that is what we have to stop.”

Huddersfield left back Chris Lowe also commented on his team’s mistakes:

“Today is really easy. If you make those mistakes that we made today before we conceded the three goals then it is impossible in the Premier League and you will get punished – it doesn’t matter about the opponent.

“That is what we have to do better in the next weeks because otherwise we won’t have another chance to get another point on the board.”

Town will have to pick themselves up quickly as they host Tottenham at the John Smith Stadium on Saturday.

Leicester Starting XI: Kasper Schmeichel, Daniel Amartey, Jonny Evans, Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell, Wilfred Ndidi, Nampalys Mendy, Rachid Ghezzal, Kelechi Iheanacho, James Maddison and Jamie Vardy.

Substitutes used: Gray for Ghezzal (’46), Albrighton for Iheanacho (’77) and Okazaki for Maddison (’85).

Huddersfield Starting XI: Jonas Lossl, Chris Loew, Terence Konogolo, Christopher Schindler, Mathias Jorgensen, Eric Drum, Rajiv van La Parra, Phillip Billing, Aaron Mooy, Elias Kachunga and Laurent Depoitre.

Substitutes used: Diakhaby for Kachunga (’57) and Alex Pritchard for Terence Kongolo (’72).

 

 

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