Ranieri revels in ‘difficult’ win

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was delighted to claim yet another victory after seeing off Watford 2-1 at King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The Foxes went ahead early in the second half through Ngolo Kante and Jamie Vardy's 65th-minute penalty, before Troy Deeney pulled one back from the spot for the Hornets on 75 minutes.

"It was a difficult match," Ranieri told his club's official website. "Watford play good football and it was difficult for us in the first half. We were very concentrated.

"In the second half we pushed a lot and I think we deserved to win. I talked to my defenders about how important it was not to let the Watford strikers turn and to fight to close them very quickly. We did that very, very well."

The Italian also spoke of the two goalscorers, with French midfielder Kante bagging his first goal for the club, while Vardy scored his 12th in as many games, becoming the first Englishman to score in nine consecutive Premier League matches.

"Kante is a hard worker and he plays for all his team-mates," Ranieri added. "He runs a lot. He's good and I'm very happy with him. He was unlucky with the penalty but he was good.

"You know the strikers can take their moment. Sometimes for three, four, or five matches they don't score then suddenly they start to score. For Jamie, he started scoring from the beginning, he's in good condition and I hope he can continue.

"We don't change our focus. The sooner we achieve 40 points, then we can speak about other things. For now we target 40 points."