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Saturday 10 December 2016

Pearson hails his wily old Fox Cambiasso as 'outstanding'

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson would have had the "outstanding" Esteban Cambiasso down as his man of the match in Saturday's 2-1 win over West Ham even if the veteran Foxes midfielder had not scored his fine goal.

Cambiasso (right)netted with a sweet strike in the 12th minute to put his side 1-0 up at the King Power Stadium, hitting the ball first time from just outside the box after it had sat up for him from a ricochet.

And Pearson said of the 34-year-old former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Argentina player: "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."

The victory to which Cambiasso contributed - sealed by substitute Andy King's late tap-in, following Cheikhou Kouyate's equaliser around the half-hour - gave Premier League basement boys Leicester a much-needed boost in their bid for survival.

It was their first win in nine league matches and cut the gap between them and safety to four points with eight games left to play.

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