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20 August 2017

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare.

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare highlighted the importance of scoring early in yesterday’s game against Brighton & Hove Albion, as his team’s game plan came together at the King Power Stadium.

Shinji Okazaki put the Foxes in front inside the opening minute of the game, and Shakespeare admitted the timing of their goal made life easier for his players in their first home game of the season.

He said, ”To get the goal early doors obviously settles nerves but it’s something we’d spoken about in terms of a high-tempo start. We had to try and take the game to Brighton early on.

"We felt the first 10-15 minutes we’d set the tone. Obviously to get the goal as well was a real bonus. We’ve seen Riyad many a season cause those problems coming inside.

"It was a great start, it settled the nerves down a bit and allowed us to go on and have a foothold on the game.”

Central defender Harry Maguire added a second goal after the break, and Shakespeare was delighted to see the summer signing get his name on the scoresheet.

"It's always pleasing when one of your centre halves pops up because we need to share the goals around.

"We've got into Wes and Harry about contributing on that front, and it was important that he got us that second goal today."

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