Pearson accepts Leicester wait

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson does not mind when his side earn promotion to the Premier League as long as they do it after Dean Hammond's header earned the leaders a 2-2 draw at Wigan.

Last Updated: 01/04/14 at 23:16 Post Comment

Nigel Pearson: Happy with the response

Nigel Pearson: Happy with the response

More of the games that matter

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

Hammond scored with three minutes remaining to earn the Foxes a point and keep alive their hopes of securing automatic promotion from the Championship this weekend.

If Leicester beat Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night they will be promoted if QPR fail to beat Bournemouth on Saturday.

Even if QPR do keep the Foxes hanging on Pearson's men could secure their top-flight return at home to Brighton on Tuesday but the manager has no preference when the confirmation comes.

"I'm not taking anything for granted. We are still on track if we do it at home we do it at home, if we do it away from home we do it away from home, I'm not bothered as long as we do it," he said.

"It was another good night for us any positive result for us tonight would've put us in a slightly stronger position and that's what we've done.

"You can see why they are on a good run because they played with much better intensity than when we played them at our place and they have good players but I thought we dealt with the set-backs well.

"The most important thing was that we responded and we responded very, very well.

"I've spoken many times about this group having moved on from last year. They come on and we've become a better side because of it, so we've put ourselves in a good position."

Wigan took the lead through Ivan Ramis' powerful header after 37 minutes but the Foxes replied four minutes before the break through Andy King.

Rob Kiernan looked to have won it for the Latics on 62 minutes but Hammond extended Leicester's unbeaten run in the Championship to 20 games.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler is convinced City will go up but hopes his side can follow them.

"There's no question in my mind that they will go up. I think if we continue like this we will end up in the play-offs," he said.

"That was one of the best games I've seen in the Championship this season, I think two quality teams played each other and both were here to win.

"I felt the intensity and the tempo was very high. I think that was one of our main points before the game could we match their intensity?

"One of the reasons why Leicester are up there is they play a very high pressing game they are an intense, very fit team and we matched that today over 90 minutes.

"I felt at the beginning of the second half we were very good, got the goal and then had chances to put the game to bed and should have scored a third goal."

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e'll be fine, no problem. If they do get relegated, he's definitely going to ask how anyone could ever have thought that Villa were going to be fine given their problems before he came.

treeman1
Premier League Winners And Losers

S

toke though. Hmn. I don't think it was defending that made people dislike Stoke so much as the out and out cheating/nastiness they regularly displayed. That, and they kept buying the odd flair player and then ruining them (Oh! Tuncay, what were you thinking?).

megabrow (cufc)
Being Defensive About Being Defensive...

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

Footer 365

Wes Brown has appeal upheld after Sunderland red card at Manchester United

An Independent Regulatory Commission has upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Sunderland defender Wes Brown.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says Premier League top four still possible

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says the club can still qualify for the Champions League.

Dejphon Chansiri targets Premier League by 2017 for Sheffield Wednesday

New owner Dejphon Chansiri has set his sights on getting Sheffield Wednesday back into the Premier League.

Mail Box

Henderson The Best Midfielder In PL?

Jordan Henderson is named by two afternoon Mailboxers as the PL's best midfielder, while another suggests Man United are trying to emulate Barca...

Jose Settles Most Boring Team Debate...

There's lots of reaction to Chelsea and Liverpool's wins on Sunday, plus one Mailboxer asking: Who is the Premier League's best midfielder?

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