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Aston Villa's Alan Hutton heaps more misery on Leicester

Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester

By Nick Mashiter

Defiant boss Nigel Pearson vowed Leicester would recover from their wretched run after sinking to defeat at Aston Villa.

The Foxes have taken two points from a possible 30 since they beat Manchester United 5-3 at the end of September to sit bottom of the Premier League.Yesterday's defeat at Villa was their third straight loss and they also had Paul Konchesky sent off late on.

Pearson still has the backing of his players and insisted they would fight to survive following Alan Hutton's second-half winner.

"We will continue to look for the answer. It's easy to give a flowery answer and say the right thing," he said. "The bottom line is to keep exploring different ways to get through. This group of players experienced a really tough run in 2012 from mid-January for a couple of months so we have some experience in dealing with setbacks.

"At the moment it's hard for the players because they continue to be punished for errors which they'd get away with at other levels, but certainly not at this level. We must remain resolute to get through it."

The Foxes boss admitted they were unlikely to appeal Konchesky's red card.

Konchesky was sent off with 10 minutes left after clashing with Hutton, although the Scotland international looked to have pushed his head into Konchesky's.

Hutton was booked and the Leicester man now faces a three-game ban as Pearson feels it is unlikely the red will be lifted.

He said: "It's difficult to have a decision like that rescinded in all honesty.

"I think it would lack a bit of class for me to ask for retrospective action against another manager's player.

"When moments pass you by in games, officials are there to do a job, do it as best they can.

"I can understand because of how it looked - it was because he was pushed away and they kept in contact. In the initial contact I don't think Paul was the instigator.

"It's easy be over critical. I don't want to get into a debate about getting other players sent off."

Hutton scored the winner 20 minutes from time after Ciaran Clark equalised Leonardo Ulloa's opener for Leicester.

Villa are now unbeaten in five games, their first home victory since August sealing back-to-back wins and lifting them to 11th.

"I'm delighted with the win and delighted how we did it," said boss Paul Lambert, who will discover the extent of Ashley Westwood's knee injury on Monday after he was carried off in the first half.

"It's a massive three points for us and we're in a bit of form at the minute.

"We're playing well and we worked on something the other day, a different way of playing, and the lads took to it well."

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