Pearson won't watch results come in

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Nigel Pearson insists he will not be watching Saturday's results with bated breath Nigel Pearson insists he will not be watching Saturday's results with bated breath

Nigel Pearson insists he will not be glued to Saturday's Sky Bet Championship results, despite the fact his Leicester side could be promoted thanks to their 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes made it 21 league games unbeaten as they moved onto 89 points - two more than Cardiff won the division with last season - and will be up if QPR lose at Bournemouth and Derby fail to win against Middlesbrough.

Even if Leicester do not go up on Saturday, they will have their fate in their own hands on Tuesday, when victory at home to Brighton would seal a return to the top flight after a 10-year absence.

Anthony Knockaert's stunning free-kick settled the game after Riyad Mahrez's third goal since joining from Le Havre in January was cancelled out by Michail Antonio's solo effort in the first half.

Asked whether he would be watching the results come in on Saturday, Pearson replied bluntly: "No.

"My job is to get this club promoted. Whether it's tomorrow, whether it's Tuesday, the next week, the week after it's irrelevant really. It's about getting promotion.

"I want us to win every game that we can and I want us to be champions, but we'll have to fight very hard to do that.

"We'll get promoted as and when we deserve it."

Leicester made the brighter start and should have been ahead after just five minutes when David Nugent's endeavour down the left channel allowed him to play in Knockaert, who blazed wide from 12 yards out.

The Foxes were in front five minutes later though, with Jeff Schlupp, Knockaert and Chris Wood linking up impressively for the latter to play in Mahrez.

The winger still had plenty to do, but cut inside his marker and curled a low left-foot shot into the far corner.

The Owls levelled eight minutes before half-time, and deservedly it was Antonio with the goal.

The former Reading winger cut in from the left flank and fired a 20-foot effort into the bottom corner, although Denmark international Schmeichel should have done better having got a hand to it.

Knockaert put Leicester ahead again just after the hour mark - the Frenchman bending in a tremendous free-kick from 20 yards after Kieran Lee clumsily brought down Mahrez on the edge of the box.

Wednesday pressed for an equaliser, however, the visitors were unable to create a clear sight of goal until stoppage time - when Lee and Liam Palmer saw their efforts blocked during a scramble in the box - as Leicester's march towards the top flight neared its conclusion.

"I thought we played some good stuff and showed lots of different qualities," added Pearson.

"The two goals were very, very good. At the end when we needed to put bodies on the line we had a team of players that were prepared to do that.

"You can't win with sparkling football every time you play, but we had more than enough tonight.

"A very good night's work really."

Wednesday boss Stuart Gray felt his side deserved something for their efforts, but hailed the moment of magic that decided the game.

"We got done on a quality finish in the end and that's why Leicester will be champions," he said.

"They win more games and they score more goals and they've got quality right throughout the team.

"We were a bit disappointed to go a goal down but credit to my players, they grew into the game and I thought at half-time we deserved to go in on level terms.

"Watford wasn't acceptable but tonight you can get some satisfaction out of the application of the players.

"I felt for the effort and commitment we put in we deserved something out the game.

"Credit to the players, they rolled their sleeves up and had a right good go."

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