Pressured Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers insists his players are ready for battle as they try to break away from relegation woes.
The Foxes have won just one of their first 10 games and remain in the last three after Saturday’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace.
Fans have turned against Rodgers and called for his release after the game, but he believes the players are still playing for him.
He says her desire to turn things around cannot be questioned.
“No doubt you saw that on Saturday, you saw it in the Forest game, the will, the motivation and the effort that they put in and they got the result,” he said.
“Bournemouth were disappointing because we were totally in control of the game. Saturday was all about reinforcing all of that. Talent will always have a limit, but there is no limit to your effort.
“Your talent can hit a ceiling. but what can never be lacking is effort and we saw that. You can see the players, the battle is there, the motivation is there and we know it takes patience, but it’s a long road.
“They really want to win football games, especially the moment we’re in it, but they know it only takes one win and we have that feeling again.
“It’s just a constant reinforcement in them and a support and help to get back to the level.”
Leicester had the upper hand in the stalemate, with a disappointing Palace having just one shot on target.
But visiting captain Luka Milivojevic saw the positives.
He said: “We knew they were under pressure and we know they didn’t start the season well, but we know we’re going to face a good team today who are fighting for their lives.
“It was a competitive game for them. We knew they were a quality team and it was going to be tough for us, but in the end we kept a clean sheet, which is positive.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/brendan-rodgers-leicester-crystal-palace-premier-league-luka-milivojevic-b2204003.html Brendan Rodgers confident Leicester can escape relegation threat