Maddison's strike was redemption after he was sent off for diving against Brighton last week.
And Puel - who played with Hoddle at Monaco - believes he has seen flashes of the former England manager, who is recovering from a heart attack, in Maddison. There's a comparison there because he (Maddison) can invent some different moves.
"I wanted to come back to the Premier League sooner or later". He was very upset with himself last week.
"He's only played here since the start of the season. Before the talent there is the work and he worked for the team".
When you have a striker like Jamie Vardy who is rapid and can run in behind and cause any defence problems - he did that in the first 15 minutes.
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A trademark Leicester counter-attack ended when Albrighton's cross was superbly controlled by Maddison in mid-air, the attacking midfielder then flicking the ball over defender Adrian Mariappa and firing in a tremendous volley from just inside the area.
Puel added: "We know we played a tough game and a strong team".
Boss Javi Gracia confirmed the club will appeal the red and also refused to criticise referee Graham Scott following the penalty.
"I saw it clear because it was in front of me, but I prefer not to say anything, only what Iheanacho said", he said.
"It's an important game and I hope the other players will be ready in their minds to play and replace another team-mate".
"We dominated the possession, we had 62 per cent, but it wasn't enough to finish the action". James Maddison's volleyed goal on 23 minutes completed the scoring in this game, perhaps fittingly as it was a thing of such beauty that it deserved not to be crowded out. We are losing points because we are not efficient.
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