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Magical moment handed Leicester draw – Howe

The Cherries led the Premier League contest until Riyad Mahrez’s added-time equaliser.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe ackowledged “a moment of magic” denied his team victory at Leicester.

The Cherries led the Premier League contest until Riyad Mahrez’s added-time equaliser made sure the hosts earned a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium.

Howe told a press conference afterwards: “I thought we had to show a different side to our normal game.

“We really did dig in, defend a lot of balls into the box. The goalkeeper and defenders put their bodies on the line, we weathered a mini storm but I thought we’d be OK. A moment of magic killed us at the end.”

“We were into seven minutes of added time and felt the final whistle was seconds away. It’s a frustration not to get over the line, but it wasn’t to be, credit to Leicester.”

Josh King gave the visitors a 35th-minute lead from the penalty spot and Howe felt his team could have had a penalty when Charlie Daniels was pushed over by Wilfried Ndidi.

He added: “We could have had a second penalty earlier in the second half but it wasn’t be, but from then on we defended our goal really well.

“Credit to the moment that Mahrez produced, in my mind I’m analysing the wall, giving away the free-kick in the first place and those thoughts are flashing through my mind at the time.

“It’s the last kick of the game and it’s a great strike. We were good value for the win but it wasn’t to be today.”

Leicester boss Claude Puel said: “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.

“The players believed until the end. 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.”

On the equalising goal by a player who was targeted by Manchester City during the last transfer window, Puel added: “I think it is fantastic. It is a good reward for Riyad and the team also. I said he will come back with a good attitude, a positive attitude. He has shown that in this game and in the last game also.”


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