Foxes boss wants response at Derby

25 March 2010 08:05
Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the in-form Royals the three points with a stoppage-time penalty which leaves the Foxes in fourth place in the Championship table.[LNB]Leicester remain on track for a crack at a second-successive promotion but Saturday's derby date at Pride Park is the first of three tricky away games in a row.[LNB]And after seeing his side throw away a point Pearson admitted that they must now respond with a win against the Rams.[LNB]He said: "It's disappointing and I don't think we deserved to lose.[LNB]"Over the last two home games we'd obviously expect to get a better return then we have and we need a response now on Saturday.[LNB]"But we've done exceptionally well of late so let's not get carried away.[LNB]"We had our opportunities in the second-half and it is unfortunate that we have come away with nothing.[LNB]"We made their goalkeeper work. I'm not going to start moaning, we are in a good position and we need to make sure that we finish as well as possible."[LNB]Jimmy Kebe gave Reading the lead with his seventh goal in 11 games before Martyn Waghorn equalised with a powerful header before the break.[LNB]Both sides went close in an open second half before Simon Church went down under a challenge from veteran Nolberto Solano and Sigurdsson rolled in his 14th of the season.[LNB]Pearson said: "I've seen the penalty incident and I've spoken to Nobby about it and he felt that he got the ball.[LNB]"I've seen them given and seen them not given, it was tight."[LNB]Reading boss Brian McDermott insisted that he was not thinking about a remarkable late surge for the play-offs himself.[LNB]The Royals were staring at relegation at Christmas but after Sigurdsson's spot-kick made it nine wins from the last 11 they are up to 11th place in the table - just eight points behind sixth-placed Cardiff with a game in hand.[LNB]But a cautious McDermott said: "We are not thinking about that at all.[LNB]"We were looking down and just hoping to get out of trouble not long ago and to even discuss the play-offs when we were four points adrift in January is testament to how far we have come as a group over the last two months.[LNB]"It has been a great run but we are not finished yet."[LNB]As the second-half grew on it was the visitors who looked most likely to score again and McDermott felt his side deserved the win.[LNB]He said: "You can't beat scoring in the last minute and we've done that a few time this year. From the spot as well.[LNB]"I'm really pleased. The commitment was fabulous and the last 20 minutes we were on the front foot.[LNB]"We didn't settle for a draw, we went for the win and I'm delighted.[LNB]"Two sets of committed players made for an entertaining game and I'm very proud of them. We did what we had to do."[LNB][LNB]

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