Claude Puel believes Watford defeat was harsh on Leicester
Last Updated: 26/12/17 7:07pm
Claude Puel believes Leicester's 2-1 defeat at Watford was "harsh" as his side did not play a "bad game" at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day.
Leicester came into the festive encounter in good form, having won four of their last six league games, but despite taking the lead through Riyad Mahrez, Puel's side could not hold on for another victory, with goals from Molla Wague and an own goal from Kasper Schmeichel condemning them to defeat.
Watford, though, did only have one shot on target in the entire match and scored two goals, and Puel believes such a fact signifies how the result was not a true reflection of the encounter.
"I think it was a tough game," Puel told Sky Sports. "We needed to win the second ball. It is a story of free-kicks. They got two goals from free-kicks, and we have to correct this.
"Our first half was not bad. We showed quality and created chances. Then, we conceded a goal from this free-kick just before half-time.
"In the second half it was a little more difficult but they didn't create any chances. The result is a little harsh. It was not a bad game from us."
Puel refused to blame Schmeichel for the goal that earned Watford the victory, even though the Denmark international diverted Doucoure's cutback into his own net from a free-kick.
"I think all the team are responsible from this free kick," Puel added. "We didn't concede a lot chances today, this was just one cross we defended poorly. It was difficult to defend against this team today. They used the long ball well. It is a physical team.
"We know it was going to be difficult to play against them, they needed a result. It is just a shame that after we scored a fantastic first goal, it came down to free-kicks."