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Foxes search for answers to goal drought

Press Association logoPress Association 18/02/2017 Nick Mashiter

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has hinted his fading Foxes are scared after their goal drought.

The Premier League champions go to Millwall in the FA Cup on Saturday aiming to avoid their season hitting a new low.

They are just a point above the relegation zone in the top flight having lost five-straight league games and have failed to score in the league in 2017.

Jamie Vardy, last season's 24-goal top scorer, has also netted in just one game in his last 25 appearances for the Foxes - a hat-trick against Manchester City in December.

Ranieri is prepared to make wholesale changes against League One Millwall, who have knocked out Watford and Bournemouth, and admitted his team may have a mental block in front of goal.

"Now maybe some people are scared about something. For me it is important for me to see all the single details," said the Italian, who is without injured strikers Islam Slimani and Leonardo Ulloa.

"Yes, we have to find a solution. We scored twice in the Derby (FA Cup) matches and found the solution. For this reason I want to check in the next match (against) Millwall.

"We're doing everything well but at the end we haven't created good chances - to do that we need to be full of confidence and sometimes we haven't got a lot of confidence.

"Sometimes the strikers don't receive a good final pass, so we want to do something to help.

"It's not important who scores, but it's important for somebody to score.

"We continue to fight in this way, continue to have strength and believe in ourselves. To stay together. We need one good result for the turning point. Now we need to stop this momentum and change our face, and everything will be fantastic."

Vardy has scored seven times this season compared to this time last year where he had netted 19 goals and Ranieri wants his scoring problems to end.

He added: "It has to end, it must end, as soon as possible."

The Foxes have failed to score in their last six Premier League games with their only goals coming in the FA Cup against Everton and Derby in the third and fourth rounds.

And Ranieri refused to rule out adding a striker coach to his backroom staff to aid his misfiring forwards.

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