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Published: 08:48 | 2/3/16

Ranieri positive after draw

Claudio Ranieri insists Leicester are still firmly in the Premier League title race despite dropping points against West Brom on Tuesday night.

The Baggies took the lead through Salomon Rondon's but the league leaders hit back with Danny Drinkwater and Andy King scoring before the break only for Craig Gardner to rescue a draw for the visitors at the King Power Stadium. The result means Tottenham can move to the top of the table on goal difference if they beat West Ham on Wednesday.

While disappointed to drop two points, Ranieri hailed his side's performance and believes they can still challenge for the title.

"There are Arsenal, Tottenham and (Manchester) City in the race to fight for the title and there is little Leicester to fight against them," Ranieri said.

"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."

Baggies manager Tony Pulis was full of praise for the Foxes and hopes they go on to lift the league title.

"I hope Leicester win the league," Pulis said.

"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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