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Pearson: Leicester City have fate in own hands

Pearson's side have hit late winners in their last two matches. Credit: PA

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson says his side's Premier League fate is in their own hands after two last-gasp victories in a week.

The Foxes sealed a dramatic 3-2 win against West Brom on Saturday thanks to late goals from Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy.

It followed similar scenes last week when Andy King struck late in the 2-1 win over West Ham.

The results leave Pearson's men just three points from safety.

One thing we've spoken about recently is we want to keep (our fate) in our own hands for as long as possible. While it's in our own hands you know that the responsibility is solely with ourselves. In many ways that's the driving force for us but we've still got an awful lot to do. We've got to try and force the issue between now and the end of the season. It's going to be tough but we'll give it a good shot.

– Nigel Pearson

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Leicester boss Pearson praises "outstanding" Cambiasso

Esteban Cambiasso struck after 12 minutes in the Foxes 2-1 win Credit: PA

Veteran midfield Esteban Cambiasso would have been Leicester boss Nigel Pearson's man of the match even without his goal in their 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday.

The 34-year-old former Read Madrid, Inter Milan and Argentina player helped the Foxes to their first win in nine league matches, striking the ball first time from just outside the box in the 12th minute to put his side 1-0 up.

The win at the King Power Stadium cut the gap between Leicester and safety to four points with eight games to play.

Even if he hadn't scored the goal, I would still have said he was man of the match.

And with the goal, I think it is pretty obvious he was. I think he was outstanding.

I was really pleased with his contribution against West Ham and the other players have a very healthy respect for him.

– Nigel Pearson

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Schmeichel set for Leicester return against Hull

Schmeichel could return for Leicester against Hull Credit: PA

Kasper Schmeichel could return for Leicester's key game with Hull this weekend after recovering from a broken foot.

The keeper has been out since December after breaking a metatarsal in training but is fully fit ahead of the visit of the Tigers on Saturday.

The Foxes signed Mark Schwarzer from Chelsea as cover in January while Ben Hamer also deputised for Schmeichel.

Leicester are bottom of the Barclays Premier League and seven points from safety but can now call on Denmark international Schmeichel.

Boss Nigel Pearson told a press conference: "He is back in contention which is good. We have three keepers available which is always nice.

"It is only really Dean Hammond (calf) who is out, although he is back in training now, and Anthony (Knockaert) is not available because he has gone back to France to see his dad who is not very well. Those players apart we are pretty much a full squad."

Leicester have lost five of their last six in the top flight and Pearson insisted they cannot rely on other sides slipping up.

He added: "It'll be down to whether we get enough good results ourselves, we remain in the same position, there 11 games left and we have to do it ourselves."

Bishop of Leicester defends Church's politics letter

The Bishop of Leicester, Tim Stevens has said that the Church of England's letter is meant to encourage politicians to "take their vocations seriously."

Responding to comment from David Cameron he told ITV News: "There are many things that have gone well, we acknowledge that unemployment has come down but we also notice that inequalities between the wealthy and the poor remain unhappily wide."

Mr Cameron has urged the Church to recognise improvements his Government had made, outlining efforts to create jobs, cut taxes and develop the economy.

Leicester 0-1 Crystal Palace

Ledley scored the only goal of the game. Credit: PA

The Crystal Palace revival under Alan Pardew rolled on as Joe Ledley's winner sunk rock-bottom Leicester.

Ledley's second goal of the season in the 55th minute was enough to give Palace their fifth victory in six matches since Pardew took up the reins and move them six points clear of the relegation zone in the Barclays Premier League.

Leicester defender Huth missing after Twitter blunder

Robert Huth is suspended so cannot make his Leicester debut against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Huth will have to wait for his Leicester debut. Credit: PA

The defender, who signed on loan from Stoke on deadline day, was banned for two games and fined £15,000 by the Football Association after breaching rules in relation to social media comments, and is halfway through the suspension.

Matty James is available after suspension, Riyad Mahrez is back following Algeria's African Nations Cup campaign and Matt Upson is available after a long-term foot injury, but goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (foot) and striker Chris Wood (ankle) are out.

Leicester squad: Schwarzer, Hamer, Simpson, De Laet, Moore, Konchesky, Upson, Morgan, Wasilewski, Schlupp, Cambiasso, James, King, Drinkwater, Mahrez, Albrighton, Vardy, Ulloa, Kramaric, Nugent.

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