Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri insists he is remaining calm about his side’s Premier League campaign despite them staring at relegation.
Tuesday’s 1-0 loss at Burnley, the champions’ third straight league defeat, left them 16th in the table, just two points above the relegation zone.
Ranieri had emphasised before the game he was not panicking over the way things were panning out.
And he reiterated that message after his team were beaten by a controversial 87th-minute goal from substitute Sam Vokes – an effort allowed to stand despite Leicester’s protests to referee Mike Dean that the ball had struck Vokes’ arm just before he took his shot.
Ranieri was in no doubt it had been a “bad” decision by Dean but spoke in positive terms about his men.
“Panic? No,” the Italian said when asked about his feelings following the contest, which had seen the visitors spend much of their time defending.
“We tried to make some good counter-attacks – maybe we missed the last assist to try to score goals.
“I’m happy with our performance, with our character, but, of course, the result is not with us.
“We have to work more, fight more and believe. We need to make two, three good matches with points, and then we will be getting better.”
A troubled time
The build-up to the transfer deadline-day match had been troubled for Leicester, with forward Leonardo Ulloa having issued an apparent strike threat on Twitter amid the club rejecting bids for him from Sunderland.
While no move materialised for Ulloa, there was a new arrival for the Foxes confirmed just before Tuesday’s 11pm deadline in Mali international Molla Wague.
The defender joins on loan from Udinese with the consent of his parent club Granada, and Leicester have an option to buy in the summer.
Ranieri said of Wague: “He is a good player, strong and he can help us, to give more change in the team and give some rest to my central defenders, because they work so hard every match.”