Schlupp vows to repay Nigel
LEICESTER striker Jeff Schlupp has backed under-fire boss Nigel Pearson to get the Foxes onn the up again, despite the draw with Birmingham on Friday extending their winless run to nine games.
Leicester, second at the beginning of February, now sit outside the play-off spots and with four games to go their slump couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Owner Vichai Raksriaksorn was in attendance and would have watched on in horror as Chris Burke struck a late penalty for the Blues – despite David Nugent’s foul on Wes Thomas being outside the box.
Leicester had taken the lead twice, firstly through Curtis Davies’ own goal – equalised by Nikola Zigic – and then through Schlupp, but the Ghana international admits his side need to cut out the errors to ease the burden on Pearson.
“The boss is always great with the lads,” said Schlupp.
“I’m sure all the staff are doing all they can to lift us but it is us on the pitch, we’ve got to do the business out there.
“I thought we deserved to win, we did everything we could to get that win that we needed but it was our own errors, we need to pick our- selves up and go again. It’s not nice but we are big men, we need to win our next four games and get ourselves into that playoff spot.
“We created a lot of chances but you’ve got to put them away. We did score two goals so that is a positive but we just need to stop our own errors and get the wins that we need.
“I’m back playing up top where I feel most comfortable, so I’m happy with that. I’ve done well in the past few games, but it’s a team game and we just need wins.
“We’ve got a game on Tuesday (against Bolton), hopefully we can put it right and start a run.”
Things started well for the Foxes, a rare bit of luck saw Davies inadvertently glance in Matty James’ corner on just 12 minutes.
But the nerves of the home supporters, who haven’t seen a win since February 26, were compounded when Zigic slotted home Mitch Hancox’s low cross on the hour mark.
Schlupp then blasted against the bar before meeting another James corner to head home with 15 minutes remaining.
But Burke’s controversial spot-kick salvaged a point for Birmingham, and boss Lee Clark admits the visitors played on the uncertainty surrounding the King Power Stadium.
“That was part of my prematch team talk (the nerves of the home supporters),” said Clark. “I think all the teams at the top are getting a little bit twitchy, when you see they haven’t been in brilliant form.
“Because the prize and the expectations of all the clubs are so big, you know there’s going to be tension.
“And that can translate to the players on the pitch, so you’ve got to use that to get a result and I think we did that.
“I was really pleased with the performance.
“I would have been devastated for my players if we had of been on the back of a defeat here. I thought our performance deserved a positive result.
“If there was going to be a winner, I think because of our football and the way we passed the ball around, I would have felt it would have been us.”
IN THE PINK: Chris Burke scores a late leveller from the spot for Birmingham