The King Power Stadium

Next Game

Leicester v S'land

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Pearson pays tribute to Nugent

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson paid tribute after David Nugent scored twice to help sink Ipswich 2-1 as the Foxes moved level on points with Burnley at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.

Last Updated: 24/11/13 at 08:42 Post Comment

Nigel Pearson: Was delighted with David Nugent

Nigel Pearson: Was delighted with David Nugent

More of the games that matter

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

The Foxes frontman scored twice inside six second-half minutes after the home side had taken a lead with little over 100 seconds on the clock.

David McGoldrick caught Kasper Schmeichel cold from 25 yards as Ipswich threatened to shock a Leicester side looking to leapfrog leaders Burnley.

But Nugent has become an arch-nemesis of the Suffolk side and his quick-fire double saw Leicester move level with Burnley and third-place QPR.

It also increased his individual tally against Ipswich to an incredible 13 goals in 12 games - and nine goals in seven games at Portman Road.

Pearson was left perplexed by the prolific run, preferring to praise Nugent for his reaction to missing some gilt-edged chances in the defeat to Nottingham Forest last time around.

The Leicester boss said: "There is no reason for it, but I am pleased it has carried on today.

"Like any striker, there are going to be spells when goals are a little scarce. He has to keep getting in the right areas and he scored two good goals.

"He also needs a manager to back him, which he has."

Pearson, who made two changes at the interval, was pleased with his side's comeback after the early setback - while Ipswich had little answer to Nugent's double.

The Foxes restored parity in the 51st minute when Lloyd Dyer flew down the left and his cross was teed up by Jamie Vardy into the path of Nugent who made no mistake.

Five minutes later, Leicester took the lead when Dyer broke clear to round Gerken and feed Nugent to score the winner from close range.

Pearson said: "It is always good to have a bit of pace and that made us dangerous in on the counter attack.

"David Nugent will get all the headlines but Lloyd Dyer and Danny Drinkwater did exceptionally well. The most important thing is that we got all three points."

Having been pleased with his side's first-half performance, Town boss Mick McCarthy pointed to errors made in the build-up to both of Nugent's goals.

He said: "There are not many players in this league who would have struck that equaliser like David Nugent did.

"But the goal came after we closed down their keeper and the ball ended up in our net. And for the second goal, we were attacking them and it ended up in our net.

"We made error after error and we were punished. That's the difference in this league when you play one of the best."

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's a bloody good goal, though. Sh!t, the kid's gonna be the worlds best before we know it, isn't he? He's got the touch of genius in him. Like Neymar, but with muscles and stuff. He's doing a Ronaldo as we watch. He's bulked up to be able to ride the tackles, but he's improved technically as well. His touch is sublime. Bugger.

HarryBoulton
WATCH: Hazard's stunning goal

A

hhh, Jose arguing with another managers wife, clearest sign yet that we are going mental during the close season. I am rocking back and forth on my haunches.

hump3.
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

I

t's only a matter of time before one of them throws in a yo mamma

lee
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

Footer 365

Chelsea fail with £25m bid for Everton's John Stones

Everton have rejected an improved bid of £25m from Chelsea for centre-half John Stones, according to Sky sources.

Jose: 'Cabaye move makes PL harder'

Jose Mourinho claims the transfer of players like Yohan Cabaye to mid-table clubs makes the PL "very, very hard" to win.

Real reopen talks over £28m De Gea deal

Real Madrid have reportedly reopened negotiations with Manchester United over David de Gea and may complete a deal in the coming days.

Mail Box

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...

Mails: Let's Talk About Jose's Failures...

We don't talk about them because Chelsea won the title...but imagine if LVG or Brendan Rodgers had signed Juan Cuadrado. Plus, a trawl through the squads...

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