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Leicester boss rues Amartey loss in Premier League draw

12:21 PM EST 3/3/18
Daniel Amartey
The Foxes gaffer counts the effect of withdrawing the Ghanaian in the first half of the encounter with Bournemouth

Leicester City manager Claude Puel believes the outcome of Saturday's home draw with Bournemouth could have been different but for Daniel Amartey's early substitution. 

The Foxes were forced into an early tactical switch to a three-back system when the right-back was replaced in the 20th minute due to injury. 

Ultimately, it took a Riyad Mahrez injury time equaliser to salvage a point at King Power Stadium. 

“The injury to Daniel Amartey changed things and perhaps destabilised the players a little bit," Puel said.  

"But the feeling and the quality, it was interesting. We played a good team with quality, good in possession and good in defence, and the second half we had good desire. 

"We kept going until the end and it was attack against defence. It was the minimum to come back in the game.

“It would have been better to score before but it was important to get the equaliser because it is a good reward for our mentality today.

“At the end it is not enough. We dropped two more points at home and that is not enough, but it was the minimum to come back in this condition, with all the scenarios."

Joshua King put the visitors in front from the spot on 35 minutes before Mahrez's late response. 

“It is good momentum because the players believed until the end," Puel added. 

"I was happy for them because it was tough to keep that strong mentality, to keep going. 

"It was the same feeling from the fans because they pushed their team until the end. It is a shame and a disappointment also because we dropped two points.”

Leicester sit eighth on the league table.