Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson was pleased with the character his side showed in dealing with recent setbacks, after the Foxes ended Blackpool’s 100-per-cent start to the season with a 1-0 win at King Power Stadium.
Ben Marshall’s second-half penalty gave Pearson’s men a deserved three points against the league leaders – a welcome victory following three successive defeats in the last 10 days.
And as his players now look ahead to the two-week international break, Pearson says the start his side have made to the campaign just highlights the competitive nature of the npower Championship.
He said: “I think it’s an illustration of the Championship that, four games in, we’ve won half of our games but we’ve lost two as well, which is something we’ve got to improve on. We could easily be four points better off, but we’re not.
“It also shows you need to deal with disappointment well. Our last two league games have been unfortunate, we were poor in the week in the cup, but I’m pleased for the players that they’ve bounced back.
“We now go into the international break with a positive feeling, which is good.
“I think the tempo of our game was very good, we dominated possession and we didn’t allow them to settle.
“Blackpool are a good footballing side and if you give them too much time on the ball they can hurt you, so the tempo was always going to be important. In general we were very positive in how we dealt with a side that have started the season very well.”
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway was unhappy with the penalty decision that handed City their victory – Tiago Gomes judged to have upended Jamie Vardy early in the second period.
But Pearson felt his side did more than enough to justify a hard-fought win.
“We’ve had enough penalty claims, we deserved to win the game regardless of whether people feel it was a penalty or not.
“I’ve seen the one that was given and I can see why. Over the course of the game we did enough to win the game and we were the better side.”