Pearson praises application

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson heaped praise on his players after they leapt to second in the Championship with a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.

Last Updated: 19/01/13 at 10:18 Post Comment

Nigel Pearson: Good end to a tough day

Nigel Pearson: Good end to a tough day

David Nugent's accomplished finish in the 70th minute proved enough to bag all three points, although Kasper Schmeichel ensured victory when he saved a penalty from Marvin Emnes in added time.

"It is a good feeling to be second in the table and I thought the players applied themselves really well," said Pearson.

"We had a sneaky feeling that Middlesbrough would play the way they did with two wide players and no central strikers.

"It caused us a few problems tactically, but in the second half we pushed the full-backs forward and took a few more chances. But I thought we coped well and throughout the game created the better chances.

"It was a good game all round and there were one or two tight decisions, and Kasper made a fine save at the end from the penalty.

"Because of the weather it has been a tough day for the fans travelling to the match and for a lot of people. But we are very pleased with the result, as it is games like these which can define seasons. We have put ourselves in a good spot."

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