Puel hails Leicester's 'important' win over 'strong' Watford

James Maddison of Leicester City celebrates scoring a goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Watford FC at The King Power Stadium

James Maddison of Leicester City celebrates scoring a goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Watford FC at The King Power Stadium

The Foxes leapfrogged them in the table and now sit seventh with Watford - who have won just two of their last 10 games - slipping to 10th.

To make matters worse for Watford, who have now only collected one point from their last four games, Etienne Capoue was sent off in the last minute for a two-footed challenge on Kelechi Iheanacho, a decision the visitors disagreed with.

Vardy scored in Leicester's Premier League defeat of Watford on Saturday but has been playing through the pain.

And Puel - who played with Hoddle at Monaco - believes he has seen flashes of the former England manager, who is recovering from a heart attack, in Maddison. He is improving and he is an intelligent player. "Before the talent there is the work and he worked for the team".

Leicester City boss Claude Puel admits he is unsure if striker Jamie Vardy requires surgery on a troublesome groin injury.

A trademark Leicester counter-attack ended when Albrighton's cross was superbly controlled by Maddison in mid-air, the attacking midfielder then flicking the ball over defender Adrian Mariappa and firing in a tremendous volley from just inside the area.

Demarai Gray hammered against the outside of the post after Pereira's good run but, despite Watford's improvement since the break, the Foxes maintained a degree of control.

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Maddison, meanwhile, got his season back on track in style - scoring for the first time since September 22 in a game he was fortunate to play in having been sent off against Brighton and serving his suspension in a rearranged EFL Cup tie with Southampton.

"To tell you the truth for the moment I don't know my team because I have some problems with different players", Puel said.

Boss Javi Gracia said: "Yes (we will appeal)". It was in front of me but I prefer not to say anything apart from what Iheanacho said. That is more important than what I can say.

"We dominated the possession, we had 62 per cent, but it wasn't enough to finish the action".

"I have time to understand what we need".

"When you score goals you feel more confident and maybe you finish better but when you don't score you lose the confidence you need".

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