Kelechi Iheanacho started the game against West Bromwich Albion from the bench but was introduced for Shinji Okazaki on the hour mark. "Yes I will, of course I will, because it's getting hard", said Pardew after the game.
West Brom meanwhile are reluctant to fire Pardew because there is a break clause in his contract which can be activated at the end of the season which vastly reduces the compensation he is due.
West Brom now go into the global break off the back of a run of seven defeats in a row in all competitions, and the writing appears to be on the wall for Pardew's chances of keeping his job.
"I'll still talk to them and get a feeling of what they think because they might think a change is a better thing for the club, I don't know", he said.
"I feel sorry for him", the 34-year-old said.
But Pardew insisted he would not quit and told the players they needed to fight after criticising the way they folded in the second half against Leicester.
Nonetheless, City came back into the contest in the 21st minute as Vardy got on the end of Mahrez's superb pass, to send a left-footed volley into the far corner beyond Foster.
"You have to fight".
Appleton has been working as an assistant at Leicester since the summer, but should the former West Brom caretaker and player be offered the chance to return to the Hawthorns as manager his head would no doubt be turned. We were in the game and at half-time we thought we could get something out of it. For me, it was important to come back in the second-half with more management in our game, more quality, more calm.
"I had a fan shouting "You don't care" at me from the sidelines". Whether they can achieve something equally spectacular this season is questionable though given their form of eight games without a win.
Grzegorz Krychowiak, on loan from Paris St Germain, showed dissent to his manager after he was substituted on Saturday.