English Premiership

Relegation threatened Foxes fighting for Ranieri

2017-02-07 13:08
Danny Simpson and Jamie Vardy (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Leicester defender Danny Simpson says the entire club is behind Claudio Ranieri as they attempt to arrest their alarming run of results.

The Foxes are staring relegation in the face, in 16th place with 21 points, just a point clear of Hull in 18th.

They have lost their last five Premier League matches, and most recently suffered a 3-0 loss to Manchester United at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

But Simpson feels that despite conceding three goals without reply for the third time in four games, there are signs of improvements, as the players continue to give their all for the club's cause.

Simpson said: "Because of our situation, that is the papers trying to stir the pot.

"Look at the performance [in the 3-0 loss to United]. Up until 42 minutes we were solid, we were good, everyone was fighting.

"You can see from the performance on the pitch the lads are trying, and that is that. We knew it wasn't going to be like last season but it is tougher than we thought."

Simpson added that the players must use their previous experience of surviving relegation to do the same this season.

"The good thing is we have been here before, we have been here two years ago," he added.

"The majority of the squad were here two years ago. In that respect we have experience in that. The players who were here then can help some of the other lads through, and we will pull together."

Leicester play Derby in an FA Cup replay against on Wednesday ahead of a massive league tie with Swansea on the weekend.

Simpson added: "Sunday is big, I get that, but I want to play Wednesday, we need a win.

"I know it is not the league but we need a win. Maybe Wednesday can help with our confidence, it is a big game.

"I don't think you should write it off because of what is going on in the league. It is a football match, and you want to win matches. Maybe Wednesday is what we need at home against Derby to kick us on."

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