The champions are just two points above the relegation zone after their fifth
loss of the season, a 2-1 defeat to the Baggies, on Sunday.
Matt Phillips' second-half winner, after Danny Drinkwater's mistake, saw the
Baggies deservedly become the first visiting team to win at the King Power
Stadium in the Premier League since September 2015.
Islam Slimani had cancelled out James Morrison's opener but Leicester were
poor again after Wednesday's Champions League 0-0 draw in Copenhagen.
They lost just three times in last season's shock title-winning campaign and
Ranieri admitted their supporters deserved better.
He said: "I am very sorry we lost our unbeaten record at home. We knew it
would be a tough match against West Brom.
obra orange "The first half was not good. We try to have a plan but
it was difficult to do this, the second half was much better but we lost the
"We made a plan to go on the flank and make crosses from the flank. But we
made very few and also we made some long balls and for the central defenders it
was too easy. To say something is easy, to do it is more difficult. Maybe we had
Champions League fatigue, I don't know.
"The atmosphere was good but of course if you play well the crowd support
more. We have to work the crowd. The first half was difficult to enjoy for our
fans, the second was much better. I can say only thank you every time to our
purechao black Phillips' winner came after Drinkwater misplaced a
back-pass and gave him a clear run on goal to outstrip Wes Morgan and beat
Ron-Robert Zieler, but Ranieri refused to blame the England midfielder.
He added: "Danny has said nothing. Every player can make a mistake, what can
you say to him?
"He is one of our best players. No problem, he overcomes that, of
It was Phillips' first goal for Albion after a £5million move from QPR in the
summer and Baggies boss Pulis admitted a pep talk last week had the desired
"The biggest problem with Matt is that self-belief," he said. "
vapor v black He's got all the tools, he's very quick, he's got two
great feet. He's got a good goalscoring record. Matty's biggest problem is – you
can speak to him – it's that self-belief at times.
purecontrol cleats "That's all we can do, is give him that
confidence. But we had a chat with him last week. He has to start understanding
that he's a good player and he deserves to be where he is."
Victory ended the Baggies' five-game winless run and moved them above
Leicester in the Premier League – three points clear of the relegation zone
heading into the international break.
mercurial v black Pulis added: "We've got a long season ahead of us
and nobody knows that more than me. We need to bring some quality in and have
the commitment we've had today.
"But it will be tough, everybody's fighting, whether it's at the top or the
bottom. It's going to be a tough league this year.
"Obviously the result is fantastic. We played four top teams and we got four
points, a point a game. When you think it's Tottenham, Liverpool, Man City and
now at the champions."