Leicester boss Nigel Pearson hails “unbelievable” survival success

Nigel Pearson Leicester City v Sunderland Premier League

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Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has moved to pay tribute to his side after they secured survival with a game to spare.

The Foxes were seven points adrift of safety just eight games ago, but Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Sunderland ensures they will be playing in the Premier League again next season.

Pearson’s side managed 19 points from 24 available to push up the table and secure survival, and the Foxes boss has hailed his players for their effort and belief in recent weeks, despite the fact they were considered certainties for relegation at one stage.

“When you consider our plight a couple of months ago, to go into the final game with our safety assured is quite an unbelievable achievement,” he said.

“I think the key thing for us even in our darkest moments, there have been a few, the players have continued to support each other and believe in their own ability. That’s difficult when people are questioning your integrity.

“We’ve developed as the season has gone on. This run has been extraordinary, but we’ve needed to do it, because a number of sides have picked up form. We’ve stuck at our job.”

Leicester host already-relegated QPR in the final round of fixtures and victory could see them finish as high as 13th if West Brom lose both of their remaining games.

The Baggies host Chelsea on Monday and are 4.00 to secure the win, with a draw available at 3.30.

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