Burnley 0 Leicester 2: Nigel Pearson left 'delighted' with Foxes performance as Leicester close-in on Championship title

Pearson hails his side's performance under pressure on 'the big occasion' that sees Leicester open up a six-point gap over second-placed Burnley

Nigel Pearson lauded his Leicester side for handling the pressure as they won their top-of-the-table clash with Burnley 2-0 to move six points clear at the Sky Bet Championship's summit.

The Foxes would have been knocked off that perch if they lost to the Clarets by two goals but, with the hosts' depleted ranks ravaged further inside the opening eight minutes when Sam Vokes came off injured, the visitors became the first league side to win at Turf Moor in more than a year.

David Nugent, who spent time on loan with Burnley, scored his ninth goal against his former employers before substitute Chris Wood smashed in a fantastic second 12 minutes from time.

Just three wins from the final eight games would now see Leicester guarantee a Barclays Premier League return after a 10-year absence and their manager marvelled at the way his men rose to the occasion against their nearest challengers.

"Coming into the game we were probably the two most consistent sides over the entirety of the season and we're very pleased to get the win," Pearson said.

"I'm delighted with the performance in the sense that knowing how tough it's going to be at this stage of the season where the pressure's very much on results rather than performance - I was pleased with our ability to deal with the big occasion against a very good side."

The travelling support gleefully chanted about being league leaders and their impending promotion, yet Pearson would not predict when those aspirations will be confirmed.

"I don't really want to get into any sort of discussion about when it'll be," added the Foxes boss, who takes his team to Wigan on Tuesday night.

"It'll be if we're able to get over the lines ourselves. We've created a situation in which over the vast majority of the season we've worked hard to get into the leading position and we want to finish the job off."

Pearson would ideally like to return to Turf Moor next season with both sides in the top flight. However, Burnley's promotion bid appears far less clear-cut with Vokes possibly joining Championship player of the year Danny Ings, Kieran Trippier and Dean Marney on the sidelines.

"I just hope they finish the season in the fashion they've been able to play in so far and achieve their goals; I think they deserve it," Pearson said.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche could offer no update on Vokes in the immediate aftermath although Pearson, who was directly above the Wales international when he jarred his knee after getting his studs caught in the turf, claimed it did not look good.

Burnley were left with just one striker when he had to be substituted and although they huffed and puffed, there was little attacking endeavour without the strike partnership which has scored 46 goals this term.

"I thought a couple of decisions didn't go for us but overall they deserved the win," Dyche admitted.

"They're a very good side. At full strength I would have liked to have gone toe-to-toe without the challenges we had to our team today. But overall they're there for a reason."

The depleted Clarets may now be looking over their shoulder but Dyche was quick to pick his team up after the final whistle.

He added: "They looked disappointed afterwards and I reminded them it's the first time they've been beaten in over a year. That's the best team in the division and they were up two games ago, it's a great position to be in."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor