Thursday 26 April 2018

Shakespeare calling for Foxes revival

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare
Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare

Jamie Holland

Craig Shakespeare admits Leicester need to start turning good performances into points - beginning with West Brom at the King Power Stadium tonight.

Shakespeare has faced a tough start to his first full season as Leicester boss, having already played Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in the first seven matches of the league and heading into tonight's match they are in the bottom three.

However, Shakespeare's side now face a run of fixtures from which they will be expected to pick up points.

"The school report will say we could do better, I don't hide behind that," said the Leicester boss.

"We have had some really decent performances where we have not got the results the performances have merited. But we have also had performances where we have probably been fortunate to come away with points at times.

"We have a great opportunity now at home against West Brom to not only gather three points but to put in a performance.

"I think what you want is to be more consistent. Whether you are playing a top-four team or whether it is the teams in and around you at the moment, you have to be competitive in all the games. We have been. But we are striving for better performances and better results."

Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi will be fit. Vardy was left out of the England squad due to an ongoing hip problem but the striker has recovered, while a suspected hamstring injury sustained by Ndidi while playing for Nigeria turned out to be just cramp.

Defender Ben Chilwell (knee) was withdrawn from the England U-21 squad, but he is also fit. Robert Huth (ankle) and Matty James (Achilles) are unavailable.

  • Leicester v WBA, Live Sky Sports 1, 8pm

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