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Pearson eager to steer Leicester away from drop zone

Nigel Pearson insists Leicester City will not be battling relegation again next season.

The Foxes went on a remarkable run of seven wins in their last nine matches to eventually finish 14th on the Premier League table but Pearson does not want to be down in the bottom region as he strives for further improvement next term.

"Let's keep the celebrations in context," Pearson said after his side defeated relegated QPR 5-1 on the final day of the season on Sunday.

"It's a fabulous achievement but I wouldn't want to be looking at avoiding relegation as a target to aspire to.

"The two clubs (QPR and Burnley) who come up with us have been relegated, so it's clearly a difficult transition to make.

"I'm a big believer in setting targets which are going to stretch people but I have also got a sense of realism about them.

"Finishing 14th wouldn't have been believable a couple of months ago but we'll see how we add to squad and progress next year."

Jamie Vardy, Marc Albrighton, Leonardo Ulloa, Esteban Cambiasso and Andrej Kramaric were all on target as the Foxes enjoyed a day out at the King Power Stadium.

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