Leicester look to wrap up title

  • Last Updated: April 21 2014, 19:42 BST

Leicester are itching to claim the Sky Bet Championship title on their own terms, according to midfielder Dean Hammond.

Leicester head to Bolton on Tuesday night
Leicester head to Bolton on Tuesday night

The Foxes can seal the title with victory at Bolton on Tuesday night after second-placed Burnley's 2-0 home win over Wigan on Monday kept the title race alive for at least one more day.

Burnley secured promotion with their result, joining Leicester in next season's Barclays Premier League.

And Hammond said Leicester's job now is to pip their rivals to the Championship crown rather than wait on defeats elsewhere to hand them the silverware.

"You take it either way but, if I had a choice, I would rather we did it ourselves," the 31-year-old told the Leicester Mercury.

"It was a different experience when we got promoted because we played on the Friday night and we did it on the Saturday. So it would be nice to do it ourselves."

With both Leicester and Burnley facing two more league fixtures after Tuesday's matches, the East Midlands club know any points at Bolton will see them over the line for the title.

But Hammond, who has enjoyed three promotions in four years yet never won a league crown, is adamant Leicester will not wait for the silverware to be handed to them.

"I have never won a title before. I have runners-up medals for the last few promotions, so I am desperate to get one," he said.

"I think we thoroughly deserve it because we have been the best team in the Championship all season."

Reading will be hoping to keep their slender play-off hopes alive as they host mid-table Middlesbrough at the Madejski Stadium.

The Royals will be chasing their first win in four matches after defeats to Bournemouth and Wigan and a draw with Leicester have left them on the periphery of the play-off picture.

Brighton's 1-1 draw with Blackpool leaves Reading just a point behind their sixth-placed rivals, handing them a glimmer of hope of squeezing back into the play-off places.

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