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Nigel Pearson backs Leicester City strikers to end drought

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Nigel Pearson believes his goal-shy strike-force will come good in Leicester City's tense promotion run-in.

City have scored just four goals in their last eight games, and two of them have come from young centre-back Michael Keane.

The others have come from midfielder Matty James and young striker Jeff Schlupp, who has predominantly been used at left-back and in midfield this season.

Top scorer David Nugent has not scored since the 2-1 home win against Wolves on January 31, while Chris Wood, who scored nine goals in his first nine appearances for City after joining on New Year's Day, has not scored in the last eight games and dropped to the substitute's bench for last weekend's draw at Brighton.

City have certainly enjoyed goalscoring hot streaks during the campaign and fired six past both Ipswich and Huddersfield earlier this season.

Pearson said he is confident that his strikers can rediscover the form they showed earlier in the season as City head into the final five games of the campaign.

"Yes, it is a concern in one sense, but I know we have quality there," said Pearson ahead of tomorrow's visit of Birmingham to the King Power Stadium.

"I am sure if we can keep creating chances like we did last weekend, then we will be okay.

"The players are keen to change our own fortunes. We know we have goals in us.

"I am confident we can start scoring, absolutely."

Pearson believes last weekend's performance at Brighton has gone a long way to restoring confidence in his troops, despite the Seagulls' late leveller which made it eight games without a win for City.

"Looking at them after last weekend's performance, I think that confidence is coming back," he said.

"The performance we got from the players last week was very good and we were unlucky not to win the game.

"It is about working hard, but certainly the willingness to play with positive possession was there for all to see."

City have no injury concerns ahead of tomorrow's game.

Nigel Pearson backs Leicester City strikers to end drought


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