Tuesday 20 March 2018

Pearson calm as Foxes grab lifeline

Leicester City 2 Swansea City 0

Leicester City's manager Nigel Pearson
Leicester City's manager Nigel Pearson
Leicester's Andrej Kramaric delivers a ball into the box
Leicester City's Andy King scores their second goal
Leicester fans celebrate on the final whistle

Nick Mashiter

Manager Nigel Pearson insisted Leicester will remain grounded despite moving off the bottom for the first time since November.

The Foxes are only in the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference after this deserved win. Leonardo Ulloa and Andy King struck to clinch a third straight win for the Foxes - the first time they have won three in a row in the top flight for 15 years.

A three-goal victory would have seen them escape the drop zone but they climbed off the foot of the table and are level on points with 17th-placed Hull.

"We've given ourselves a more realistic chance, we have six games left, four at home and we have to perform well in those games to retain our status," said Pearson. "The danger is people get carried away. We are still in a difficult situation and we have to make sure our fate remains in our own hands as long as possible.

"The Premier League is a really big ask, mentally and physically, and we have performed well for the most part, we've had to win three games on the trot. Ultimately the performance warranted the result."

Ulloa, who was initially named on the bench, was a late replacement for David Nugent after the former England striker injured his calf in the warm-up.

Swansea were poor and rarely looked like recovering from Ulloa's 15th-minute opener aside from a brief period after the break. Manager Garry Monk said: "I felt the first half was where we really lost the game, especially in the first 20 minutes. The players' effort and commitment is fantastic but we weren't quite at our best. This one defeat won't define our season."

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