Nigel Pearson: Leicester City need to take their chances

Leicester City

The Foxes went down 2-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday despite an impressive performance.

Leicester controlled the game at Selhurst Park, but Nigel Pearson’s men failed to turn their domination into goals.

Goal-line clearances prevented Jamie Vardy and David Nugent adding to their Premier League tallies, and the Eagles took advantage, with Mile Jedinak and Fraizer Campbell netting in short succession to take the tie beyond the Championship champions early in the second half.

The performance was a surprise for many, with the Foxes coming off the back of a clinical victory over Manchester United, and head coach Nigel Pearson is keen to see the return of that performance this weekend, with the Foxes hosting Burnley at the King Power Stadium.

Speaking to the official Leicester website, Pearson said: “Set plays are important in any division. The two goals came after a period in the first half when we were in the ascendency and had some chances but didn’t take them.

“Likewise in the second half we created a couple of promising situations but we’ve not really taken the chances when they’ve arisen, so that it disappointing because I think people’s expectations are always altered when you get big results.

“As far as I’m concerned, this was always going to be an important game and we started well enough, there’s no doubt, but unfortunately we weren’t to make the most of our chances when they came.”

After taking the lead, Palace were encouraged to sit deep and soak up any potential threats, and Pearson was disappointed to see his team unable to find a way to the back of the net.

“When you’re chasing at 2-0 down and they’re defending deep, it’s always going to become more difficult to create really good chances through the middle of the pitch in particular," he added.

“We didn’t play with the control in the second half as we have in previous games, but our players can reflect on games so far and say they’ve applied themselves pretty well.

“We’re not perfect. We know that we’re going to have games where things don’t go quite our way, but we know we’ve got to perform as well as we can.”

The visit of Burnley comes at a perfect time for Leicester, with Saturday’s opponents yet to win a game this season - netting just one goal. Pearson will be hoping the clinical edge returns to the Foxes strike force, against a team who conceded four goals this weekend.

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