Pearson: There’s still a lot to do


Published: Saturday 11th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Leicester manager Nigel Pearson called for calm but insisted the Foxes were right in the survival hunt after their late show at West Brom.

Jamie Vardy’s 90th-minute strike clinched a deserved win for Leicester as they came from behind twice to seal a 3-2 victory.

Robert Huth had levelled with 10 minutes left after the visitors had penned the Baggies back for much of the second half.

Leicester remain bottom but are only three points from safety after recording their first back-to-back league wins since September following last weekend’s 2-1 victory over West Ham.

They could still become just the third team to beat the drop from the Barclays Premier League after being bottom at Christmas, but Pearson wants them to keep cool.

He said: “It was an exceptional goal (from Vardy) but we can’t get carried away. It’s great to get back-to-back wins but we still have an awful lot to do.

“We have had some occasions of late, especially in away games, where we don’t feel we have had things go our way. It’s nice to make things go our way.

“We weren’t very pleased with ourselves in the first half because in the situation we’re in at the moment you never want to come off the field with regrets.

“The players were frustrated with themselves in the first half. We didn’t quite get going. We gave a side who looked to be a little nervy themselves a little cushion.

“The second-half performance represented the type of performance we have been putting in for the season.”

Darren Fletcher’s first goal since November 2012 and Craig Gardner’s second of the season had given Albion a 2-1 lead at the break, despite David Nugent’s equaliser.

But they fell away in the second half and now sit seven points above the relegation zone after back-to-back defeats.

Manager Tony Pulis insisted the Baggies were not safe from the drop, as he said: “Were we ever out of it? We need the points as I said all along.

“I thought we played really well in the first half but the three goals were disappointing. Their first goal was lower-league stuff, the ball was pumped forward and they won the first header.

“There were parts of that which were really disappointing but we came back well and got the goal and I thought we were the better team in the first half.

“In the second half there were two or three incidents where we picked the wrong pass or gave the ball away which gave Leicester the impetus.

“One of those was Saido (Berahino) when he had a great opportunity to play Gards (Gardner) in, he was all by himself in the box, and Saido has had a shot from 20 yards. That gave them an impetus which they needed and we didn’t.”

Published: Saturday 11th April 2015 by The News Editor

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