English Premiership

Shakespeare: Leicester not safe yet

2017-04-05 07:09
Craig Shakespeare (Getty)

Cape Town - Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare refused to say that his side was safe from relegation despite leading the Foxes into the top half of the Premier League.

Shakespeare's team moved up to 10th place following their 2-0 win over bottom club Sunderland on Tuesday.

The win took Leicester nine points clear of the relegation places and extended Shakespeare's winning run to five in five games.

But the Foxes boss dismissed suggestions that the relegation battle is over.

"No, I am still not going to say that because I think we are never quite sure if other teams are capable of going on good runs," he said.

"I have been in football for long enough to know anything can happen. We have to make sure we stay focused and move onto the next one.

"We have to make sure we prepare for Sunday at Everton because that'll be another big test for us," he added.

"We have to make sure we're ready for each football match," said Shakespeare.

"That's my job. We have to be competitive in every game but the idea is to try to win it and that's what we'll do until the end of the season."

Shakespeare, who took over after former boss Claudio Ranieri was sensationally sacked, admitted his managerial career at the King Power Stadium had already exceeded his own expectations, and was pleased that his substitutions had inspired Leicester to the win over Sunderland.

Marc Albrighton and Islam Slimani were brought on with the score 0-0, and just seven minutes later the pair combined for the opening goal before Albrighton set up Jamie Vardy for the clincher.

"When I saw the games in front of me, starting against Liverpool, I couldn't have imagined this," he said.

"I am really pleased with the impact of the substitutions because that is what you make them for."

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