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Fighting Foxes will give their all, pledges Ranieri

By Mark Bryans

Claudio Ranieri has promised Leicester fans that his players will fight for the cause when the going gets tough.

So far the Italian has enjoyed a perfect start to life as Foxes manager having seen his side win 2-1 at West Ham on Saturday to add to their opening-day victory over Sunderland.

Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring with his first goal for Leicester following his summer move from Mainz before Riyad Mahrez doubled the visitors' lead before the break.

Dimitri Payet pulled one back for the Hammers, who were much improved after the break but Leicester hung on for the points as West Ham goalkeeper Adrian was sent off in stoppage time to round off a miserable first home league game in charge for Slaven Bilic.

The effort shown by his players during a difficult second half left an impression on Ranieri and the former Chelsea boss insists that mentality will remain.

"I love when the players give everything," he said. "That makes me very happy. Of course when you get the result it's much better but when you give everything, you can have everything.

"The support from our fans is great for us too. We want to play well for them and we want to fight for them so hopefully they can be happy in every match. We may win, draw or lose, but we will fight in every match."

Meanwhile, West Ham midfielder Mark Noble was keen to take as many positives from the defeat as possible.

"A lot of chances were created and we played a lot of good stuff," he said.

"We lost the game so no one is going to care about how we played but, to us, it matters. For sure we could have won the game.

"We controlled the game and had a couple of chances early on and hit the crossbar. If that goes in, it's a different story.

"There are a lot of positives to take. I know we lost the game, but we played very well in the second half and should definitely have come away with a draw."

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