​Claudio Ranieri has reserved special praise for two of his star performers in Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup triumph over Everton at Goodison Park.

The Italian lauded the display of debutant Wilfried Ndidi, who was making his first start after completing a £15m move Belgian side Genk earlier in the week, and substitute Ahmed Musa, whose two goals completed a come-from-behind victory after Romelu Lukaku had earlier opened the scoring.

Speaking to the club's ​official site after the encounter, Ranieri was quizzed over the Nigerian pair's performances, and he was full of praise for their displays in helping the Foxes overcome the Toffees away from home.

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He said: "Musa was excellent. I've watched him recently and think he is starting to understand English football better. Ndidi had only trained two days with us, but he showed strong character and personality. I’m very satisfied. We made a very good purchase. He has proven me right, and it was a great performance."

Ranieri also showered praise on the rest of his team for their overall performance as the Midlands outfit progressed to the fourth round of the cup competition, before going on to thank the club's travelling fans for their support throughout the clash on Merseyside.

He added:  “I’m very pleased with our performance. We wanted to win and we wanted to go through in the FA Cup, which is an important competition.

“Then [we wanted to go through] even more because we lost to Everton at home, so we wanted revenge. It was a good match because of course at the beginning Everton pushed a lot and wanted to score a goal, but I’m very pleased with our performance before and after the goal. 

“When we conceded a goal, everybody wanted to react immediately. After there were chances for them and us, but it was a very good performance.

"I want to say thank you to our fans. A great number of them travelled here today and their support was fantastic."

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