Sunday 21 January 2018

Foxes can still beat drop, says Pearson


Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring Leicester City's third goal
Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring Leicester City's third goal


Nigel Pearson called for calm but insisted Leicester were right in the survival hunt after their late show at West Brom.

Jamie Vardy's 90th-minute strike clinched a deserved win for Leicester as they came from behind twice.

They remain bottom but are three points from safety after recording their first back-to-back league wins since September.. They could still become the third team to beat the drop from the league after being bottom at Christmas, but Pearson wants them to keep cool.

"It was an exceptional goal (from Vardy) but we can't get carried away," he said. "It's great to get back-to-back wins but we still have an awful lot to do.

"The players were frustrated with themselves in the first half. We didn't quite get going. We gave a side who looked to be a little nervy themselves a little cushion. The second-half performance represented the type of performance we have been putting in for the season."

Darren Fletcher's first goal since November 2012 and Craig Gardner's second of the season had given Albion a 2-1 lead at the break, despite David Nugent's equaliser. But they fell away and now sit seven points above the relegation zone.

Boss Tony Pulis insisted the Baggies were not safe from the drop and added: "I thought we played well in the first half, but the three goals were disappointing. In the second half there were two or three incidents where we picked the wrong pass or gave the ball away.

"One of those was Saido (Berahino) when he had a great opportunity to play Gards (Gardner) in, he was all by himself in the box, and Saido has had a shot from 20 yards. That gave them an impetus which they needed and we didn't."

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