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Leicester: Foxes have to be more cunning to survive drop

By Mark Bryans

Jeffrey Schlupp believes Leicester should take plenty of positives from their narrow defeat at QPR on Saturday and has backed manager Nigel Pearson to turn their fortunes around.

The Foxes fell to the foot of the Barclays Premier League table after losing 3-2 at Loftus Road in one of the division's most entertaining matches in recent history.

Between them the two sides mustered 51 attempts in the contest, with the visitors taking the lead as Esteban Cambiasso ended their near nine-hour wait for a goal.

QPR fought back and were ahead at the break courtesy of a Wes Morgan own goal and a first strike for the club for summer signing Leroy Fer.

Still more drama came in the second half as Schlupp drew Leicester level with a sublime finish before a fifth goal in as many games from in-form R's striker Charlie Austin sealed the victory for Harry Redknapp's team.

That lifted Rangers off the bottom, with Leicester taking their place, but Schlupp feels they got a lot of things right on the day.

"The boys are gutted," he said. "There are lots of positives from the game, we created lots of chances and hopefully in the future we can convert those chances.

"You have always got to take positives out of the game, we know what we have done wrong and what we need to work on."

Speculation has begun to mount that Pearson's position as Leicester boss is starting to come under pressure, with no win for the East Midlands outfit since their memorable 5-3 victory over Manchester United in September.

Former Stoke and Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is being linked to Pearson's job but Schlupp insists the club already have the right man in place to lead them to survival.

"We have all been in situations and a run of form when things are not going your way," the winger added. "We know how to get out of it and we have a great manager behind us as well.

"He's been in difficult spells before and knows what to do, we have got faith in him and I'm sure we will turn it around."

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