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It's now or never for Leicester City, admits manager Nigel Pearson

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Tonight's clash against in-form Bolton is a must-win fixture, admitted Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson.

City sit two points off the play-offs with just four games remaining.

They face a Trotters side who have leapfrogged them into the top six after a run of eight wins from their last 10 games.

Their form is in stark contrast to City's dismal run of one win from their last 13, and Pearson's men are without a win in their last nine.

Victory could see City return to the play-off spots, but defeat would see them slip at least four points off the top six with just three games remaining.

"It is a massive game for us," said Pearson. "They are on a very good run of form and we are not, but it is a game we can win and will do everything we can to win.

"The form book goes out the window because it is a game we have to win. The pressures are different on the two sides. The pathways to getting the points we have got have been totally different. But the bottom line is we are in a very similar position."

The pressure will be intense at the King Power Stadium tonight (7.45) with so much riding on the outcome for both sides.

Pearson insists his players will be able to cope, although he said he would check on their mental rather than physical state before picking his team after recent body blows, such as Birmingham City's last-minute equaliser on Friday night.

"We recognise the situation we are in but we have to go out there and still perform," he said.

"I think there is enough pressure on the players to go out and get the performance and result right anyway without ramping it up to a point where there is too much pressure. Ultimately you have to be able to go out there and play in a way which negates all that external pressure.

"I felt for the players on Friday night because we dealt with the situation but shot ourselves in the foot at the end.

"We were positive from the outset, even when we conceded the first equaliser. I felt we responded positively.

"I was pleased with how the players dealt with the evening.

"It was a massive kick in the teeth to concede at the end but we have to bounce back and there is no point dwelling on that now.

"We have to get back to winning ways and minimalise the unforced errors.

"We have tried many different things and they haven't worked the way we would have liked, but we remain upbeat because we can rectify it.

"With four games to go there is still an awful lot to play for.

"Unfortunately, at the moment, things aren't working how we would like them to but I have a lot of belief in my players and my staff to turn this around."

City have no fresh injury worries ahead of tonight's game.

It's now or never for Leicester City, admits manager Nigel Pearson


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