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Pearson warns of hard work ahead

21 October 2012

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson was in a philosophical mood after the Foxes collected a 1-1 draw at Midlands rivals Birmingham to take them to the top of the npower Championship for the first time this season.

The visitors had more than a few anxious moments before salvaging a point, with substitute Ben Marshall scoring five minutes from time to cancel out Peter Lovenkrands' opener a minute before the interval. The result was enough to lift them above Cardiff on goal difference, although Pearson is not getting carried away at this stage of the campaign.

"I am no fool," he said. "To maintain this position we will have to work exceptionally well."

He added: "Unfortunately we went in a goal behind but fortunately we were able to get something out of the game.

"On balance I thought it was another fine team performance, but what pleases me most is the unity within the team and squad, and it is there for everyone to see."

Pearson, currently recovering from a replacement knee operation, also paid credit to Marshall's late contribution.

"He didn't start but he still had a job to do when he went on," he said. "We know what he is capable of doing. We know he is a potential match winner."

After successive home defeats at the hands of Barnsley and Huddersfield, Birmingham were worth their point despite having Jonathan Spector sent off in the closing stages for two yellow cards.

Blues' under-pressure manager Lee Clark said: "I was pleased with the performance but disappointed to concede a late equaliser four minutes from the end.

"My players showed a lot of passion, desire, drive and energy and I was hoping they could hold out, but unfortunately it was not to be."

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