On the eve of Leicester City’s crunch Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City, Jeff Schlupp revealed just how grateful the players are for the support they get from the stands.
It will be a sold out King Power Stadium for the visit of the league champions, and Schlupp is hoping that the roar from the crowd can push the team closer to what would be an incredibly valuable victory in the fight for survival.
That support from the fans, combined with the unfaltering togetherness that has formed the foundation of this squad’s success over recent seasons, is what could prove to be the difference as City look to claw their way off the foot of the table.
“It is hard,” reflected Schlupp. “After the [Aston Villa] game in the dressing room the boys were a bit down and it was a quiet dressing room, but if anything we’ve got to turn the negatives into positives.
“That’s the only way forward. There’s no point being down and disappointed about the results still, we’ve got to turn it around and we know how to do that. We’ve got to be positive and take it into the game on Saturday.
“The fans always get behind us. With the stadium being sold out pretty much every game it really does give us that lift that we need. Hopefully they can keep coming and keep supporting us and we can turn these results around.
“There’s always pressure but we could arguably say that there’s more pressure on Manchester City to come and get the result. It’s never easy to go away to the bottom of the table team. We’re not going to make it easy for them, so if they think they’re going to come here and get an easy win, it’s not going to happen.”
With the packed festive fixture programme on the horizon, Schlupp believes that a positive result against Manchester City could springboard the team towards a better run of form.
He added: “Momentum is very important. If you can get a few results and a few wins in that period then you all of a sudden see yourself out of the bottom three and rising up that table.
“We’ve got a lot of games in that Christmas period so there are a lot of points to be won. It’s important to have momentum going into that period, so if we can get that by beating Manchester City or getting a result, it will be very helpful.”