March 12, 2015

There's not much more embattled Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson can say as his side desperately tries to remove themselves from the relegation zone.

Mired in a six-match Premier League-winless stretch, the Foxes hope to break though Saturday at home versus Hull City - one of the few clubs they've triumphed over this season.

Toiling at the bottom of the league table and seven points from safety, Leicester (4-6-17) don't need to be reminded of what must happened over their final 11 matches.

"The games that we have left, it really is important that we go into them with the mentality that we've got to win them," Pearson told the club's official website. "We've got to win them, as simple as that."

With half of those victories coming over 12 games at King Power Stadium, Pearson hopes Leicester supporters will show up to help their club along the way. After four consecutive road matches, including FA Cup action, the Foxes are playing at home for the first time since Feb. 7.

"I think it's going to be important from here on in that whatever happens the fans stay behind the players, that's really the most important thing for us," said Pearson, whose side has suffered two straight 1-0 home defeats.

The Foxes have been outscored 11-4 during an 0-1-5 slide that followed a 2-1-0 run in which they owned a 4-2 goal advantage. That three-game unbeaten string began with a 1-0 road win over Hull (6-9-13) on Dec. 28 in the first-ever top-division meeting between the sides.

Riyad Mahrez's goal in the 32nd minute was the difference in a match where both teams finished with 10 men as result of late red cards to Leicester's Paul Konchesky and Stephen Quinn of Hull.

Despite Leicester's struggles this season, they've outscored Hull 6-2 and recorded two straight clean sheets during their current 3-1-0 run in the series.

That history coupled with a 6-1 goal disadvantage during an 0-1-3 road stretch leaves Hull with no reason to take anything for granted even though manager Steve Bruce's Tigers have earned points in four of the last five league matches.

Though things won't get any easier for Hull with Chelsea, Southampton, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United still on the schedule, Bruce has confidence in his team.

"It's a tough division and we're making a fist of it," he told Hull's official website. "I still think we've got enough to get through."

After falling 1-0 at Stoke on Feb. 28, the Tigers couldn't make Dame N'Doye's early goal stand in a 1-1 home draw with Sunderland in their most recent match March 3.

"We still have to work on finishing and we'll always work on that and getting players forward," said Bruce, whose team recorded four goals while winning its previous two contests. "I thought my wing-backs were terrific against Sunderland in their attempts to get forward, but we have to convert our chances and that is always the hard part."

That will be particularly important on the road where Hull's lone goal in the last four away matches came on David Meyler's only tally of the season during a 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Feb. 7.

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