The King Power Stadium

Next Game

Leicester v West Ham

Saturday, 04 April 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

White Hart Lane

Last Game

Tottenham 4 - 3 Leicester

Saturday, 21 March 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

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

European Qualifiers round-up: Holland and Italy held to draws

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's late header rescued a point for Holland against Turkey in European Qualifying, while Eder spared Italy's blushes in Bulgaria.

Israel 0-3 Wales: Gareth Bale's double sends Wales top of Group B

Gareth Bale scored two and set up another as Wales moved to the top of Group B with a 3-0 win over 10-man Israel in Haifa.

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool trip to Arsenal

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool's trip to Arsenal, despite pulling out of England's Turin date.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

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