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West Ham boss backs Pearson over ostrich rant

West Ham manager Allardyce has backed Pearson. Credit: PA

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has defended Leicester counterpart Nigel Pearson after he was branded a bully for a bizarre press conference in which he labelled a journalist "an ostrich".

Allardyce, speaking at his press conference ahead of West Ham's game against Burnley on Saturday, leapt to the defence of his fellow manager and hit out at the furore created around this latest incident.

When you are down there dealing with the pressures that come upon in terms of staying in the Premier League, I think it is a huge pressure for everybody to continue to work under that situation and come through it.

What surprises me is this condescending attitude about what should happen to Nigel that I have been hearing about this morning. People have been talking about bullying and stuff like that - what a load of rubbish. It's an outburst. Simple as that, plain and simple.

But I listen to the world of the media and sometimes it really does baffle me what they come out with in terms of what he should or shouldn't be doing.

– West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.

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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

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."

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