By G9ija

Claude Puel said he allowed Jamie Vardy to take Leicester City’s penalty against Tottenham despite the spot kick being his first touch in the match after coming on as a sub.

The Foxes had the opportunity to level the scores from the penalty spot after James Maddison was brought down inside the box just as Vardy was about to enter the match.

Maddison initially had his hands on the ball but ceded to regular penalty taker Vardy when he ran onto the pitch, though the 32-year-old saw his tame effort saved by Hugo Lloris.

Spurs went up the other end moments later to double their lead through Christian Eriksen, eventually winning 3-1, and Puel admits his side were guilty of wasting far too many chances.

Asked by Sky Sports if he was supportive of Vardy taking the penalty, Puel said: ‘Yeah. I said to him he can take the penalty if he felt this. I have nothing against Jamie.

But all the game we had a lot of chances, not just to make a draw. We have to win this game if we found the good clinical edge.

Vardy was surprisingly left on the bench despite his excellent record against top-six sides, with Demarai Gray deployed through the middle, and Puel was happy with his performance.

He continued: ‘I was happy with the performance of Demarai Gray. He gave us a lot of opportunities behind their line and he was dangerous.

I also liked to see the other option of Jamie too, because we needed to have other possibilities. Today we needed to have another option, not just Jamie.

On the match as a whole, he added: ‘We had all the opportunities to win the game. It’s tough, it’s a mix. It’s encouraging to play this way and put this quality on the pitch. But there are regrets after all these chances we had.

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