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Teemu Pukki: Leicester result should give us huge belief

14 December 2019

Despite playing over 45 minutes with a fractured toe, Teemu Pukki was delighted to help his Norwich City teammates battle to a 1-1 draw at high-flying Leicester City on Saturday.

City's talisman fired the visitors in front on 27 minutes but sustained a nasty injury just before Jamie Vardy equalised for Leicester.

However, Pukki played through the pain barrier to lead the Canaries to a much-needed and deserved point at the King Power Stadium.

"It was not easy to play," he admitted to afterwards. "These things happen, I just wanted to keep playing and give my all.

"With all that adrenaline, it helps. It was not that painful, maybe tomorrow [Sunday] I will feel it even more.

"It’s a hard place to come. Leicester have been on good run lately but we still had a couple of chances to score and make it 2-1.

"Of course, we are happy with the point but we could have got even more.

"We can take a lot of confidence from this. They have a good defence and goalkeeper but if we keep doing the same things in the next few games and use our chances, I think we’ll be getting even more points in the future."

Pukki's goal was textbook - a typically cool finish after a precise through ball from Emi Buendia.

"The moment I saw Tom [Trybull] pass it to Emi [Buendia], I knew exactly the run I needed to do. Emi knows my runs really well and I knew he would give me the chance.

"It’s a pleasure to play with him and I’m happy for him to get the assist as well.

"It’s always a nice feeling to see the ball go in. I look maybe a bit too long to do it but in the end it went in, so I have to be happy."

City's leading scorer was also keen to praise the defensive line who did a stern job to reduce the Foxes to just one goal.

"The defence did brilliantly today. We didn’t let them have many chances. They had a few corners but otherwise, I think we did really well.

"In both ends of the pitch, we need to be good if we want to get points."

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