Leicester City Claude Puel has showered praises on Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho after his brace helped them to a 2-0 win over Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup replay.
Iheanacho has been a bit part player at Leicester since his move to the Foxes, scored a goal in each half to send Leicester through to the next round of the FA Cup.
The former Man City youngster, Iheanacho, who had put the hosts ahead in the first half, was initially ruled offside when he deftly chipped the ball over the keeper into the net in the 77th minute but the goal was given after consultation between referee Jon Moss and the VAR.
The 21-year-old Nigerian opened the scoring with only his second goal for the club in the 43rd minute as Islam Slimani played a neat ball over the top and Iheanacho coolly converted.
” Kelechi showed a good attitude, worked hard for his teammates and got between the line. His first goal showed a lot of quality and the second was a fantastic move between him and Riyad Mahrez”, Claude Puel said at the post-match conference.
He was similarly sharp with 13 minutes remaining as he latched onto Riyad Mahrez’s through ball and lifted it precisely over Fleetwood keeper Chris Neal only for his celebrations to be temporarily halted by the linesman’s flag.
The goal was awarded, however, 68 seconds after it hit the net as video official Mike Jones told Moss that Pond’s back foot had kept Iheanacho onside.
The second goal effectively ended Fleetwood’s resistance and set up a fourth-round match between Leicester and League One side Peterborough United.