Pearson: We Didn't Do Enough

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson has urged his side to learn from their surprise 1-0 defeat to League 2 Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night, which saw them exit the Capital One Cup in the second round.
It was a below-par display from the Foxes, who fielded four debutants – Ben Hamer, James Pearson, Michael Cain and Ryan Watson – but the manager felt his team should have been able to go through. 

Andy Mangan’s first half free-kick proved to be the difference on the night, but Pearson has backed his team to use the setback as a springboard towards a response in the Premier League, where they have been mightily impressive in their opening two fixtures against Everton and Chelsea so far. 

The manager gave an honest assessment to Foxes Player at full-time, saying: “It was a poor performance from us at a time when whichever side we put out, I think we should have progressed. 

“We didn't do enough and that’s disappointing. What it does mean is that the players must understand that the level of performance and application we’ve shown in the two Premier League games so far, where we’ve been exceptional, is the baseline for how we go about this season. 

“When you get disappointing results, you’ve got to look at how you go about using it as a learning experience. I think the players should understand by now exactly what is expected, and clearly tonight it wasn’t enough.” 

Despite the disappointment at an out of character display from his own side, the manager was quick to pay tribute to the visitors, who he felt were good value for their victory at King Power Stadium. 

“I would never dismiss how other sides play,” said Pearson. “I can talk as much as I want about how disappointed I am about our performance, but I think that it would be discourteous of myself to spend too much time talking about that. 

“Shrewsbury are a side that have started the season very well and deserved to win the game. I’ve no qualms about saying that. Good luck to Shrewsbury Town, but of course my own concern is our own performance and how we go about playing the games that we play.”

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