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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Claudio Ranieri: Leicester will fight to the end after West Brom draw

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri hailed his side's performance despite having to settle for a point in an entertaining 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion at the King Power Stadium.

The result means Leicester will be knocked off the top of the Premier League if second-placed Tottenham win at West Ham United on Wednesday.

The Foxes led 2-1 after Danny Drinkwater's deflected effort and another strike by Andy King cancelled out Salomon Rondon's opener -- but a fine Craig Gardner free kick early in the second half tied the match up again.

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Ranieri told the BBC: "I am very pleased with our performance. They played so well, there was no panic after the first goal. We played much better than against Norwich [a 1-0 win on Saturday].

"I am satisfied with the performance. Just sometimes you can do everything, but the ball doesn't want to go in.

"I want to create a lot of chances and sooner or later we score. Tonight wasn't the right moment, but we are alive and we fight to the end. Everybody is ready to fight, to play well, to create chances. Only the victory was missing."

He said there was "nothing negative" about his side's efforts, adding: "We tried to do everything, and well done to my players.

"I love this -- we never, never give up. We always try the best in every situation. It was important not to lose the match too, as they could have counter-attacked."

The Italian told Sky Sports that he and his players "believe in ourselves" and said: "We must believe until the end, every match is important for us to understand what we can do in our life."

Spurs will go top on goal difference if they beat West Ham on Wednesday, but Ranieri remained optimistic. He said: "There are Arsenal, Tottenham and [Manchester] City in the race to fight for the title and there is little Leicester to fight against them.

"Four points from two difficult matches, it is fantastic. We are alive and our spirit is ready to fight again. I am happy, not that we didn't get the three points because you can't always get the three points, but our performance was fantastic.

"I am only concerned at my team and I look at the table at the end of the season to see where we are.

"We are confident. But we can repeat the final season like last season. We try to do our best. Today we were not so lucky but perhaps in the last 10 matches we will be. Why not? Be positive."

And West Brom boss Tony Pulis praised Leicester's relentless approach and declared he wanted the Foxes to take the title.

Pulis said: "I hope Leicester win the league. This will be the most surprising Premier League or shock that has happened since Nottingham Forest [who won the First Division in 1978] and it's a bigger shock because of the divide between the clubs who have and those who haven't is enormous.

"I am now supporting Leicester for the rest of the season, apart from West Brom.

"Every Leicester fan has to be proud of their team. They are fantastic and never stop."

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