Pearson left it late on Nugent

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has admitted it was a last-minute decision to name leading scorer David Nugent as a substitute against Derby.

Last Updated: 03/12/12 at 15:37 Post Comment

David Nugent: Striker received late call by manager

David Nugent: Striker received late call by manager

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Nugent slipped a disc in his neck recently and was not expected to play any part in the televised east midlands derby against the Rams on Saturday evening.

However, the striker was on the bench and came on to score twice in Leicester's 4-1 Championship victory to take his tally for the campaign to 11 goals.

"We didn't expect him to be right," said Pearson. "He decided he wanted to try it out on Friday in training. It was very much a case of seeing if there was a reaction on the morning of the game before we made a decision.

"He said he felt okay to play some part. Although he came off the bench, he has made a very good contribution.

"He doesn't like being injured and, at times, we have to protect him. Having said that, it is great to have players who desperately want to play a part even though they have been injured."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Louis van Gaal to decide between Jones and Smalling

Louis van Gaal has revealed that he will choose between Phil Jones and Chris Smalling for the final place in his back four.

David de Gea situation at Man Utd frustrates Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal admits Real Madrid's pursuit of David de Gea is causing tension between the Spaniard and Manchester United.

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria close to PSG switch

Laurent Blanc claims Paris Saint-Germain are close to completing the signing of Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria.

Mail Box

Getting Tired Of De Gea's Disrespect

One Manchester United fan is growing weary of David de Gea's disrespect. Plus thoughts on Southampton's summer, Balotelli loan, and Depay in the centre. Why?

Mails: This Is My Perfect Moment

Lots of Mailboxers channel their inner Martine McCutcheon to bring you their perfect footballing moments. Plus thoughts on Blatter, names, and Chelsea worries...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company