Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare was pleased with his side's response to going a goal down as they drew 1-1 with West Brom
Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare praised Riyad Mahrez for his display after the midfielder scored the equaliser in their 1-1 draw with West Brom.
The Foxes fell behind to a stunning Nacer Chadli free-kick at the King Power Stadium on Monday night, but bounced back via Mahrez’s late effort. The goal came after Mahrez had earlier spurned a great chance to score, and Shakespeare was happy to see him put the miss behind him and net the equaliser.
“[Mahrez] had a great chance just before that I expected him to put away and he’ll be disappointed he didn’t,” Shakespeare told Sky Sports. “But then [for the goal] his first touch was quality and players with natural ability will shine through.
“The finish was very good to keep it down with his weaker right foot, but what was pleasing was that he kept going.”
Leicester 1-1 West Brom
Shakespeare also praised the fight shown by his players in getting back into the game after falling behind.
“We finished on the front foot after having to change shape,” he said. “You’re always susceptible after going a goal down and you want a fight back and a response and I got that from the players.
“It was one of those games where we had the most possession we’ve had, we’ve worked on that in training and on how to break them down, but of course the training ground is different to the match.
“Sometimes players lacking a bit of confidence have two touches instead of one, or three instead of two, and I felt first half we should have moved the ball quicker. But the resilience and fight back qualities we showed were there for all to see.”
Leicester’s failure to win meant they stayed in the relegation zone, and Shakespeare admitted he knew that he, like any manager in the Premier League, would soon come under pressure if results didn’t change. The Foxes are winless in six but the boss is confident that, with the right amount of application, they can turn their form around.
“That’s the reality of the Premier League and for Premier League managers,” he said. “But it’s the core values of this football club that we work hard and train hard, then hopefully we can convert that. We just need that win and hopefully you’ll see us climb the table.”