Date: 20th September 2017 at 8:38am
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Manager Craig Shakespeare credited the resilience and character of the Leicester City side as they took victory over Liverpool last night.

Hosting Jurgen Klopp’s side at the King Power Stadium for the game, a much improved second half showing saw Leicester take the two nil victory and book our place in the fourth round draw following goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani.

Speaking to as he met with the media following the game, a clearly delighted Shakespeare explained.

‘We`re obviously delighted because it`s all about the result in football and obviously performances can have a massive bearing on that result. We lead a charmed life in the first half and we know that our goal was under threat. I was just delighted to get into half-time. We asked the players to be a bit more aggressive, we needed better hold-up play from the centre forwards in the second half and we wanted to play on the front foot.’

Shakespeare went on to say about the second half showing.

‘Fortunately, Shinji Okazaki got his chance to come on in place of Leo Ulloa, who took a knock. I thought that was a key moment for us. You saw the response in terms of Shinji getting in and around people and it was a major factor in contributing to the win. It`s always about staying in the games at times and for as much possession and chances they had, they didn`t take them. We really showed our resilience and character and I thought we put a really good performance in the second half.’

Aleksandar Dragovic and Vicente Iborra’s performances in the game came in for particular praise as well given their debuts.

‘They needed the game time. You can see the experience that they`ve both got. With Dragovic you can see in terms of position he is very good and has all that experience and uses it. I think Vicente, I was asking him to play a slightly different role in a two, rather than a three. You can see at the end his game understanding and intelligence. He reads the game very well, but also he`s a team player in terms of organisation as well. Not just Vicente, I think we got stronger as a team because we played on the front foot a lot more in the second half.’

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