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Job not done yet - Pearson

Published 25/04/2015

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has warned against complacency despite his side escaping the bottom three
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has warned against complacency despite his side escaping the bottom three

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has warned his players not to think their job is done after a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Burnley lifted them out of the Premier League's bottom three for the first time in five months.

Jamie Vardy's 60th-minute tap-in just a minute after midfielder Matt Taylor missed a penalty left Clarets boss Sean Dyche to rue the "cruelty" of football.

But while the Foxes are one-point clear of the relegation zone, putting six points between themselves and Burnley at the bottom, after a fourth successive win Pearson wants to guard against complacency.

"It was not a great game was it?" he said.

"Two sides who are in the situation they are in want to win the game but there was also that fear of losing it so I think that impacted the quality of it.

"I can't sit here and say our performance was such we would win the game but you have to make the most of the situation as it develops.

"We defended with spirit and the result is a damn sight more important than the performance.

"At this stage of the season it is about getting the right results.

"To win four on the trot is clearly a good achievement but I am always aware of the fact people may start feeling the emphasis of our pressure has changed and that is a bit of nonsense.

"With five games to go it is important to keep our fate in our hands, that is key, so we have a lot of difficult games to play.

"If people are altering their opinion as to how the bottom of the table is looking it is important we stay focused on our own games."

Nerves obviously played a big part in a game which was billed as must-win for both sides and the first goal was always going to be crucial.

So when Taylor, making his first league start since August 30 after injury, was fouled by Paul Konchesky and picked himself up to take the spot-kick Turf Moor held its collective breath in anticipation.

The midfielder sent Kasper Schmeichel, who was to play a key part in holding on to three points with a reaction save from team-mates Robert Huth's deflection, the wrong way but the ball hit the outside of the opposite post and rolled behind to safety.

Leicester went straight down the other end and Marc Albrighton's cross was turned towards his own goal by Michael Duff and Vardy pounced from close range.

"The game is cruel sometimes. I think that was a show of it today when it was at its cruellest," said Dyche.

"Their keeper, arguably their man of the match, has made big saves for them.

"We miss a penalty and they score 60 seconds later from just a knock in the box but it was from a dangerous area."

Speaking in the build-up to the game Taylor had spoken about his confidence taking crunch penalties and his manager apportioned no blame for his miss.

"He has a history of taking them. It's a great sign he grabbed the ball and he struck it well," the Clarets boss added.

"I think his heel just shifted as he hit it so I don't know if he slipped a bit and dragged it but he's sent the keeper the wrong way.

"It looked to me like there was only one person who wanted it and that was Matty.

"The game was bigger than that moment. Obviously it is a big moment but we have created enough chances once again."

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