DERBY County skipper Jake Buxton felt Leicester City were simply “unplayable” at times during Friday’s night defeat at the King Power Stadium.
“The league table doesn’t lie and that’s as good a Leicester side as we’ve played,” said the defender.
“We started quite brightly and for 15 or 20 minutes, we kept the ball and tried to play the way we wanted to play.
“They realised that and got up against us - and started winning the battle.
“Then they went for the jugular.
“I thought their front four were very good and (Danny) Drinkwater was as good as we’ve come up against in this division.
“They were unplayable at times. (Lloyd) Dyer’s rapidly quick and when Andre (Wisdom) tried to get tight to him, he went beyond him or dropped off and played one-twos.
“Nugent and Vardy were as tidy as they are and (Anthony) Knockaert was going in and out.
“Drinkwater soaks everything up like a sponge and keeps things simple.”
Derby’s consolation effort was credited as a De Laet own goal but Buxton said:
“I’ve headed it towards goal, so I’ll be claiming that.”
He added: “Whenever there’s only one goal in it, you’ve always got a chance, no matter how badly you’re playing.
“But for them to go down the other end and us concede a penalty within 45 seconds is ludicrous.
“Having said that, they hit the bar a couple of times and dominated us, so it’s a fair scoreline in the end.
“It’s a kick in the teeth for us but we have to hold our hands us to that.
“We’d already lost to them in the league and the cup, and I thought we could have had something from both games, but this time, I don’t think we deserved anything
“It was one of those days. They were better than us all over the pitch, to be honest.”