Craig Shakespeare

Shakespeare Pleased With Second Half Display

Craig Shakespeare was enthused by Leicester City’s improved second half showing during the 2-1 reverse at Burton Albion on Tuesday evening.
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- Craig Shakespeare provides his thoughts on Leicester City's friendly at Burton Albion
- The Foxes suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat at Pirelli Stadium in their latest pre-season outing
- The City boss was pleased to see his side carry an attacking threat in the latter stages
- Leicester next face Borussia Mönchengladbach at King Power Stadium on Friday

The Foxes went behind following strikes from Hope Akpan and Lucas Akins but Harry Maguire’s 66th minute drive was a reward for their more adventurous play in the second period.

Reflecting on City’s latest pre-season friendly, Shakespeare told LCFC TV: “Before the game I wanted a result, but more than that, I wanted a performance and I think we got that tonight.

“When you look at the performance overall, I think in the first half we were a bit sloppy in front of goal and I was really pleased with the response in the second half.

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Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire

“After going two goals down, the way we went forward, in total we created something like 25 chances. On another day, we score a few of them.

"In terms of performance, I was quite pleased but in terms of the result, I’m obviously disappointed.”

Shakespeare was nonetheless satisfied to see City’s half-time plan come to fruition with his side carrying a far greater threat after the interval.

While Maguire’s strike ultimately proved to be Leicester’s only success in front of goal, the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Leonardo Ulloa and Andy King all carved out notable opportunities.

We made a couple of substitutions, Demarai made an impact and we started to run at them and create chances.

Craig Shakespeare

“We said at half-time, we wanted to have less touches, play the ball and get in-between the lines but probably be more expansive too,” Shakespeare added.

“We made a couple of substitutions, Demarai [Gray] made an impact and we started to run at them and create chances. Ultimately, I would expect them to take them usually.”

On the Club's supporters, the Foxes boss concluded: "It was really pleasing to see. The supporters turned up in numbers. It’s not that far, but they still have to pay so it’s appreciation from us for their support."

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