AUDIO: Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson says he wasn't frustrated by Watford

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson. Picture: Action Images

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson. Picture: Action Images

First published in Latest Sport by , Group Sports Editor

Nigel Pearson denied he was getting frustrated as Championship leaders Leicester City looked to be heading for defeat until Danny Drinkwater’s stoppage-time strike earned a 2-2 draw against Watford and maintained his team played well.

The Foxes went into the game on the back of nine straight league wins but the Hornets were close to a 2-1 win until Drinkwater beat Manuel Almunia with a superb strike from the edge of the penalty area.

“I wasn’t particularly frustrated,” Pearson said. “I looked at it as a performance. We played well. My message to the players is always going to be, if I’m not happy with what I see I’ll tell them but unfortunately we got punished on two occasions.

"We could have done better with the second one [Sean Murray’s goal]. The important thing is that we try and maintain a level of performance which applies pressure on opponents and hopefully if we do that often enough, then with the quality that we have within the squad we’ll do okay.

“Having said all that, I’ve been involved in many games where we’ve done exactly that and you come away and you don’t get anything but that’s how it is.

"You’ve got to, or I have to as a manager not be too emotionally driven by it, I’ve got to look at it as pragmatically as I can and I know my players played well today.”

To listen to part of Pearson's press conference after the game, click on the audio above.

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11:50am Sun 9 Feb 14

MUSTOITALIA says...

The negative comments I have read on other stories about this result makes me pretty annoyed. People seem to forget that a full strength squad albeit minus Abdi at home were smashed 3.0 by Leicester . The game we played yesterday was by far a better performance and probably one of the best so far this season. First half they hardly had the ball and the goal they got was a very good goal and really through no fault of our own. The team chased down every lose ball pressed well and the second goal they got was one of those things Man u Chelsea and Arsenal have all conceded them so the harsh criticism is unjust. We were good off the ball but my one gripe would be loose passes and sustained ball retention. We are a much better TEAM than we have been all season and if we started with this spirit and mentality we would be near the top no doubt. Being passionate about football and watching it for a number of years you realise it takes time to build a team and mould a team to believe how good they are after being battered for the last 4 months.
The negative comments I have read on other stories about this result makes me pretty annoyed. People seem to forget that a full strength squad albeit minus Abdi at home were smashed 3.0 by Leicester . The game we played yesterday was by far a better performance and probably one of the best so far this season. First half they hardly had the ball and the goal they got was a very good goal and really through no fault of our own. The team chased down every lose ball pressed well and the second goal they got was one of those things Man u Chelsea and Arsenal have all conceded them so the harsh criticism is unjust. We were good off the ball but my one gripe would be loose passes and sustained ball retention. We are a much better TEAM than we have been all season and if we started with this spirit and mentality we would be near the top no doubt. Being passionate about football and watching it for a number of years you realise it takes time to build a team and mould a team to believe how good they are after being battered for the last 4 months. MUSTOITALIA
  • Score: 16

1:23pm Sun 9 Feb 14

tgb1963 says...

If that is what you call playing well Mr Pearson then your time in the Premiership will be shorted lived (if you get promoted).
If that is what you call playing well Mr Pearson then your time in the Premiership will be shorted lived (if you get promoted). tgb1963
  • Score: 0

1:37pm Sun 9 Feb 14

VOReason says...

tgb1963 wrote:
If that is what you call playing well Mr Pearson then your time in the Premiership will be shorted lived (if you get promoted).
A bit like palace and hull yeh!

Pearson is honest, well spoken and if his team is promoted good luck to him.

He finished 11 points behind us last year with an almost identical squad. Now they are 32 points ahead, that's a 43 point swing, quite impressive I think!!!
[quote][p][bold]tgb1963[/bold] wrote: If that is what you call playing well Mr Pearson then your time in the Premiership will be shorted lived (if you get promoted).[/p][/quote]A bit like palace and hull yeh! Pearson is honest, well spoken and if his team is promoted good luck to him. He finished 11 points behind us last year with an almost identical squad. Now they are 32 points ahead, that's a 43 point swing, quite impressive I think!!! VOReason
  • Score: 7

1:54pm Sun 9 Feb 14

tgb1963 says...

VOReason wrote:
tgb1963 wrote:
If that is what you call playing well Mr Pearson then your time in the Premiership will be shorted lived (if you get promoted).
A bit like palace and hull yeh!

Pearson is honest, well spoken and if his team is promoted good luck to him.

He finished 11 points behind us last year with an almost identical squad. Now they are 32 points ahead, that's a 43 point swing, quite impressive I think!!!
All I am saying is yesterday his team did not play well and if he thinks to the contrary better teams than us will beat them easily.
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tgb1963[/bold] wrote: If that is what you call playing well Mr Pearson then your time in the Premiership will be shorted lived (if you get promoted).[/p][/quote]A bit like palace and hull yeh! Pearson is honest, well spoken and if his team is promoted good luck to him. He finished 11 points behind us last year with an almost identical squad. Now they are 32 points ahead, that's a 43 point swing, quite impressive I think!!![/p][/quote]All I am saying is yesterday his team did not play well and if he thinks to the contrary better teams than us will beat them easily. tgb1963
  • Score: -1

6:11pm Sun 9 Feb 14

watford1881 says...

Pearson is the best manager in the Championship in my opinion.. He doesn't panic.. He's loyal & he understands tactics.. Plus he always comes out and gives interviews win, Lose or draw.. He very rarely sulks....
Pearson is the best manager in the Championship in my opinion.. He doesn't panic.. He's loyal & he understands tactics.. Plus he always comes out and gives interviews win, Lose or draw.. He very rarely sulks.... watford1881
  • Score: 2

6:51pm Sun 9 Feb 14

demerit says...

What a difference a goal makes. I wonder whether he would have said that he wasn't frustrated by Watford if they hadn't scored in the 94th minute.
What a difference a goal makes. I wonder whether he would have said that he wasn't frustrated by Watford if they hadn't scored in the 94th minute. demerit
  • Score: 5

5:24pm Mon 10 Feb 14

ORBY says...

Pearson is a good manager and quite articulate and I do listen to what he says and I think he is using a little bit of kidology here. We were far better than he gives us credit for and the media do exactly the same. We have played exceptionally well in the last three games but we never get any credit because the media and opposition managers seem to put the blame on bad play by themselves. We know we are a work in progress and these games are telling us that. Keep the faith lads, just concentrate a little bit more for the whole of the game.
Pearson is a good manager and quite articulate and I do listen to what he says and I think he is using a little bit of kidology here. We were far better than he gives us credit for and the media do exactly the same. We have played exceptionally well in the last three games but we never get any credit because the media and opposition managers seem to put the blame on bad play by themselves. We know we are a work in progress and these games are telling us that. Keep the faith lads, just concentrate a little bit more for the whole of the game. ORBY
  • Score: 1

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