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Morgan sticks up for Ulloa

Wes Morgan defended Leonardo Ulloa after Leicester extended their goalless streak to 500 minutes.

The Foxes captain insisted the £8million record signing is not to blame for their goal woes after Saturday's 0-0 draw with Sunderland.

They have not netted in five straight games with their last strike coming in the 2-2 draw with Burnley on October 4.

Ulloa was ineffective again against the Black Cats and has not scored in seven games after bagging five in his first five outings.

Morgan said: "It's not just down to Leonardo on his own. It's a team effort. We've all got to chip in and no-one's scoring at the moment.

"Someone else needs to score to take the pressure off him, off the strikers, off the team. I'm sure once that happens the goals will start flooding in.

"He hasn't had a clear-cut chance of late. He is still working hard for the team. His performances have been great. He's just not getting that chance and I feel for him.

"He's working so hard for the team. His performance all round was fantastic and he set up two good chances."

The point ended a run of four straight defeats for Nigel Pearson's side but they have not won since beating Manchester United 5-3 in September.

Morgan added: "We had a tough start and did so well. Maybe other teams looked at us and thought: 'Right, they're going to go on and do good things.'

"That's not been the case. We've stuttered since then. We need to find our confidence again, our belief. I'm sure once we start scoring again it will be back to normal.

"We know we are good enough.

"There are only positives you can take from Man United. It has not gone the way we wanted and we could have picked up more points."

It was Sunderland's first clean sheet since they were hammered 8-0 at Southampton last month and they host Chelsea on Saturday.

And boss Gus Poyet, who made 145 appearances for Chelsea, has challenged the Black Cats to end the Blues' unbeaten Barclays Premier League run.

"I think from now until the end of the season it is going to be like that for every single team," he said.

"Everyone is going to try to be the one to beat Chelsea first.

"We have an opportunity, let's see if we can take it. We need to be spot on, not make any mistakes, be organised and be brave on the ball so we are not defending all the time.

"There's plenty of things you need to do very well on the day but we have done that in the past."

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