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Puel admits the Foxes were nervous in Saints defeat

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Leicester City boss Claude Puel conceded his players were too nervous as they fell to another disappointing home defeat against Southampton.

Puel admitted his players were desperate to return to winning ways after their shock exit to Newport County in the FA Cup last Sunday.

The Foxes conceded a soft penalty to hand the visitors the lead but failed to capitalise on the numerical advantage after Yan Valery was sent off, only for another defensive gaffe to hand the Saints the victory via Shane Long.

Wilfred Ndidi pulled a goal back in the second half as City laid siege to the Saints goal without ever really threatening to score the equaliser.

“Of course it is a big disappointment,” Puel disclosed via Leicester Mercury.

“We wanted to have a good reaction and response after our FA Cup game. The players were focused before the game with good concentration, perhaps a little too nervous and we showed this feeling sometimes in the first half.

“We wanted to perform and have a good reaction. Our concentration was perhaps too much. We didn’t manage this scenario in the first half.

“We didn’t manage the game well enough in the first half and we conceded on the counter-attack. We gave away an important ball to this team to put us under pressure on the counter-attack for the penalty. We have to manage this better.

“I think after we didn’t perform well enough with our movement and quality to open up their defence.

“It is always difficult to find space without the possibility to have more chances. We have to do more in this situation because we played against a team that sat deep and it would be important to have a better response.”