During his press conference on Friday, Claude Puel could really do his best with the result that he let his battles land. Instead, his side followed the defeat at League Two Newport County with a loss to Southampton that undermined his demands on critics to "truth". to face.
Puel said it was wrong that people expected more than what he produced, but this was a different implementation to put in the folder that was confusing. Against 10 men for more than half of the game, Leicester did not succeed in creating much, and in the end, Southampton earned a victory that took them out of the relegation zone.
Ralph Hasenhuttl came up with a plan and although it was lacking due to the resignation of Jan Valery in the first half, his players kept their duties. Especially Jannik Vestergaard enjoyed the divestment of the crosses of Leicester and Shane Long enjoyed his role in defending the opposition.
James Ward-Prowse scored a penalty in the 15-minute opening of the game when Southampton took the lead in the King Power
The midfielder was clearly excited about his attack when he jumped into the air to celebrate the goal on Saturday afternoon
Yan Valery was sent out in the first half of the game after the right back caught two yellow cards
But Shane Long doubled Southampton's lead after defeating Kasper Schmeichel by throwing the ball in the back of the net
Stuart Armstrong (left) and Ward-Prowse run to Long while sliding for Leicester fans to celebrate his goal
Wilfred Ndidi runs away with the ball after he has put Leicester back in the game during the second half
PLAYER CATEGORIES, LEAGUE TABLE AND MATCH ZONE
Leicester 4-3-3: Schmeichel 6; Ricardo 6, Morgan 6.5, Maguire 6.5, Chilwell 6; Choudhury 6 (Ghezzal 77), Mendy 4 (Barnes 46, 6), Ndidi 6.5; Albrighton 6 (Gray 46, 6), Vardy 6, Maddison 6
Subs not used: Simpson, Soyuncu, Iheanacho, Ward
Manager: Claude Puel – 5
Southampton 3-4-3: McCarthy 7; Bednarek 7.5, Stephens 7, Vestergaard 7.5; Valery 4, Rome 7, Armstrong 7 (Soares 57, 6), Targett 7; Ward-Prowse, Long 7.5 (Slattery 76), Redmond 8 (Gallagher 90)
Subs not used: Elyounoussi, Gunn, Sims, Ramsay
Manager: Ralph Hasenhuttl – 8
Star man: Redmond
Referee: Michael Oliver 8
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Shane Long scored Southampton & # 39; s second goal on Saturday when he moved past Kasper Schmeichel. View the fantastic MATCH ZONE service from Sportsmail here
Southampton has now collected 10 points from their last six games in the Premier League and Hasenhuttl has already enjoyed his last whistle. He marched to the cheering fans, took off his cap and bowed.
For Leicester it was a third home defeat at four in the Premier League and victories over Chelsea and Manchester City are already fading into the rear-view mirror.
Puel was on the edge for those matches and although this result against the club that fired him in 2017 is not expected to be crucial, there were full-time noisy punches.
There was one supporter from Leicester who actually started this game and asked for the removal of Puel. An elderly lady held up a piece of A4 paper with & # 39; Puel Out & # 39; written on it in felt pen, until a steward considered it as an item to confiscate.
Leicester manager Claude Puel and Ralph Hasenhuttl of Southampton shake hands before the kick-off at King Power Stadium
Southampton threatened with demotion show their unity before the kickoff as they gather for a chat on the field
Ward-Prowse walks away after turning the penalty kick into the 11th minute of the Premier League-game in Leicester
Yan Valery picked up a yellow card after being involved in a fracas between the two parties during the first half
Wes Morgan saw an attempt from the area to leave the line while Leicester pursued an equalizer in the first half
Referee Michael Oliver shows the red card to young full Valery during the final stages of the first half on Saturday
Valery shows his dejection after he was fired for retrieving his second yellow card during the first half of Saturday
Leicester may have started the race seventh in the rankings, but the first mantra of Puel does not leave a lot of fans happy and it was again with his line-up here. He chose a midfield from Hamza Choudhury, Nempalys Mendy and Wilfred Ndidi, and while each is a decent player, they are also defensive, so start all three against a team like Southampton, was baffling. Since Hasenhuttl neither Charlie Austin nor Danny Ings had available and chose a back-five system, it was indeed cautious.
Southampton's plan was to play on the counter and with Nathan Redmond in good shape it was a tactic that had potential. In the ninth minute, Redmond fed Stuart Armstrong but Mendy blocked the finish.
Southampton arrived a minute later. It was a strange penalty, but the right call from Michael Oliver. Lang turned to a bouncing ball and Mendy wrapped herself around an arm just inside the box. It was foolish and Long took the invitation to go downstairs. Kasper Schmeichel got the penalty from James Ward-Prowse, but the shot was too strong.
The Southampton course was made considerably more difficult just before the break. Valery started a bad offense against Ben Chilwell, who reacted with a push. Valery also pushed out, but Oliver gave a warning to both. James Maddison's free kick made Jannick Vestegaard go wrong and Wes Morgan took the lead. But Jan Bednarek swept the line away.
But Long doubled Southampton's lead shortly after the visitors continued their impressive performance in the league game
Harry Maguire walks away with his hands on his hips after his side has conceded their second goal on Saturday afternoon
James Maddison sends a free kick directly into the wall as Leicester tries to recover from the two-goal deficit
Valery's argument came back to haunt him when he pulled Marc Albrighton. It was a minor act, but it deprived Leicester of an attack and Oliver had every right to show a second yellow.
Just when it seemed that Leicester would take a break with a jump, the visitors extended their lead. It was awful from a Leicester perspective.
Alex McCarthy struck a long distance towards Long, who gave himself a nuisance. Ricardo Pereira got his header wrong and Mendy undermined a back-pass. Long was pretty sharp and tried to lift his end in the far corner. The shot looked like it was wide enough until Schmeichel, in an attempt to save, led the ball with his left hand into the corner.
Ricardo Pereira from Leicester City fights for the ball in the air with Southampton striker and goalscorer Long
Oriol Romeu and Ward-Prowse follow Leicester winger Demarai Gray as they try to win the ball back from him
Puel sent Demarai Gray and Harvey Barnes during the break and Leicester put together a nice move to pull one back. Maddison and Gray were involved before Ricardo jumped to the back line and pulled back a cross that Ndidi managed to bundle. But no matter how much Leicester tried, they lacked deception, too often shots of range, and Southampton stood firm.
Hasenhuttl said: & # 39; I am really proud of this dedication that we have shown. It was a long time to go after the red card. Such victories can mean a huge boost for us in the coming weeks. & # 39;
Puel said: "It is a big disappointment, we wanted to respond. The players were in front of the game, perhaps a little too nervous. & # 39;
Wilfred Ndidi finally halved the gap by hitting a cross in the back of Southampton's net on the King Power
Puel shows his frustration over the sidelines because his side failed to defeat Southampton despite a man's advantage