Date: 28th February 2016 at 9:40pm
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Slowly starting to get used to this now – another match day, another three points, another happy Claudio Ranieri.

Hosting Norwich City on Saturday at the King Power Stadium, Leicester were below par and there can be no arguing that, but as many pundits pointed out that when in a title race, these are the kind of games that potential challengers still get three points from – and that’s exactly what Leonardo Ulloa’s late 89th minute goal saw us do.

Opening up a five point gap on Arsenal again and seeing us remain two points clear of Tottenham Hotspur in top spot following their win on Sunday – Ranieri couldn’t credit the belief and spirit of the side more, and he also thanked the fans for helping to drive the team on until the final whistle.

Speaking to in his post game press conference, a smiling Italian said of the fans.

‘I`m very, very happy because the first match after the defeat to Arsenal is very, very important. It was important to win to restart our run. It was a difficult match and I say thank you to our fans because our fans pushed us. They understood our difficulties but they always pushed behind us. I think we deserved to win and I`m very, very happy.’

Ulloa obviously came in for praise as he came off the bench to secure the three points in the game.

‘Ulloa is happy but everyone is happy. When one man scores a goal, all Leicester City Football Club are happy. The goal was fantastic. We got the ball in our half and straight away we passed the ball to Riyad Mahrez. He went one on one and Marc Albrighton was wide. We tried this because I wanted to spread out their defensive line with Jeffrey Schlupp on the left and Albrighton on the right, and with another striker close to Jamie Vardy and Mahrez behind. It was a good solution and we scored a goal. Football is strange. We conceded a goal in the last second at Arsenal and now we won the match in the last minute. That is amazing and we want to continue to fight and have our fans continue to dream. We work and they dream.’

With other positives from the game also being the lively debut of January signing Daniel Amartey and the return to the pitch of Schlupp following his hamstring injury, the gaffer went on to say of them.

‘He (Amartey) played very well, very solid and concentrated and also Schlupp came back after a month and played very, very well.’

With N’Golo Kante coming off, Ranieri also confirmed he had felt his hamstring but it was largely precautionary and he has his fingers crossed – so it’s all eyes to a local affair against West Bromwich Albion now.

‘Kante had just a little pain in his hamstring and tomorrow we will check. Now I`m already thinking about the next match. It`s a derby against West Bromwich and it will be another tough match.’

Speaking more specifically about the game itself, the belief and spirit shown by the side to keep plugging away given the overall performance and the way things didn’t click as they have done so far this year, he went on to say.

‘Everybody is happy because the team is playing well and is top of the league. Everyone would like to play, but it`s not possible. They believe in the project and they believe their teammates are playing well. For me it`s important to believe in them because, when I need some changes, they are ready. For this reason I`ve said many times we have a fantastic dressing room.’

Adding that he wouldn’t deny it was a classic performance, but sometimes it is just the result that counts.

‘You can`t always play well. I`d sign today if we can win 11 matches from tonight without playing well. It`s not important now whether we play well or not – it`s important we take points.’

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