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Nigel Pearson pays tribute to Watford but believes Leicester City fully deserved a point
Nigel Pearson gave credit to Watford but felt his Leicester City side were well worth a point following their 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.
The league leaders’ club-record nine-match winning run looked to be coming to an end with defeat as the Hornets led 2-1 going into injury-time. But Danny Drinkwater salvaged a point in the fourth additional minute with a superb strike from the edge of the area to earn the Foxes only their fourth draw of the season.
The Leicester boss said: “We deserved to get something out of the game. It’s always difficult when you go two goals down, we’re disappointed with the fashion we conceded the goals and you’ve got to give Watford credit. I thought their game plan was thorough, they defended very, very deeply and tried to limit the opportunities for us to cause them problems. But, all in all, I’m not sure anyone could argue we didn’t deserve to get something out of the game because I think we dominated the vast majority of it.”
The Foxes claimed that Fernando Forestieri was offside when he turned Troy Deeney’s shot into the net to give the Hornets a ninth-minute lead but Pearson did not make a big issue of the decision to let the goal stand.
He said: “I’ve not looked at it too much. I don’t know, to be honest with you. I think there was a danger of our players becoming a wee bit frustrated with a few decisions in the first half which didn’t seem to go our way but you’re going to get that from time to time and I don’t think there’s enough clarity in terms of the wording of the offside; there’s too much leeway in terms of interpretation of when a player’s active.
“But let’s not get bogged down with that. They did very well, they went two goals up, we’ve got something out of the game because we’re a good side and we’ve showed a determination to get back into the game.”
Sean Murray doubled the visitors’ lead four minutes before the break but, crucially, Matty James was able to reduce the deficit before half-time.
Asked about the significance of the timing of the goal, Pearson replied: “It changes the atmosphere at half-time. You go in two goals down and it’s slightly different. To score at the time that we did was very important and then of course we put them under an immense amount of pressure in the second half and the goal which got us the equaliser, a stunning strike but, all in all, a good result I suppose to keep an unbeaten run going.”
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