After netting a late equaliser to help 10-men Leicester City come from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Stoke City, Daniel Amartey praised the spirit his team-mates exuded during the display.
The Foxes were 2-0 down at the interval having seen Jamie Vardy dismissed, a debatable penalty awarded against Danny Simpson and five of their players booked by referee Craig Pawson.
Their sense of injustice even extended to Claudio Ranieri, who needed to be dragged away from Pawson by Schmeichel after expressing his frustration on the pitch.
Having calmed his boss, goalkeeper Schmeichel, back again after missing eight games with a fractured hand, then rallied his teammates at the break before the 10-man Foxes claimed an unlikely point thanks to second-half goals from Leonardo Ulloa and Amartey.
“Everyone is delighted. We needed a goal and I got it, so everybody is happy,” Amartey told LCFC TV after the game.
“I’m very happy to score and the team needed it. I went straight to the fans because at 2-0 down they were still singing. It was good to go and celebrate with them.
“When we went in at half-time, Claudio [Ranieri] talked to us and Kasper [Schmeichel] talked to us and we all talked to each other. We said we have to come back and fight together to get two goals.
“It’s hard to play with 11 men and when you are short one player it’s very difficult, but we came back and we were disciplined.”
Amartey was also impressed with Ulloa and Demarai Gray, who both came on in the second half. Within two minutes of being on the pitch, they combined for City’s first goal.
Amartey added: “For me it’s good because you have to be ready for every game on the pitch because you don’t know what will happen.
“I’m very happy for Demarai [Gray] and the others that came on. They changed the game for us.”.