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Saturday 3 December 2016

Sam Allardyce: Leicester can survive relegation battle

Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson is not throwing in the towel

Sam Allardyce believes Leicester could yet save their season if they follow the blueprint laid out by Sunderland last season.

The Foxes sit bottom of the Premier League and are seven points from safety with just nine games left to play.

While the task facing Leicester boss Nigel Pearson grows more daunting every week, Allardyce feels he can take heart from the fact Sunderland were anchored to the bottom of the table with just four games remaining last year.

Leicester lost 4-3 at Tottenham before the international break and have held their own in most games this season - and Allardyce, who takes his West Ham side to the King Power Stadium tomorrow, thinks that is a good place to start a last-gasp battle against the drop.

"Nigel must be pulling his hair out to say 'why have those performances not given them more results?'," said Allardyce.

"Somebody at this stage of season, generally, at that level, down at the lower end of the league, can win four out of six or three out of five and give themselves a lifeline. Last year was Sunderland.

"So that can happen with the performance that Leicester have shown."

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