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Pearson: There Was Only 1 Team Trying To Win

Pearson: There Was Only 1 Team Trying To Win

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson said there was only one team trying to win on Saturday after watching his side beat Swansea City 2-1 at the Walkers Stadium.

The Foxes came back from a one-goal deficit to score twice in an excellent 3-minute period for the home side.

Defensive mistakes cost the Swans dear as we completely lost control of the match after a strong and promising first half.

Pearson praised Swansea's first half performance, but he says there was only team in the game in the second.

'I thought we deserved to win the game and I don't think there was any other team trying to win it,'

'We caused ourselves problems in the first half — it's disappointing to concede from a set-play and we weren't quite able to play as we have done in the past.

'But I don't think they caused us too many problems throughout the game apart from the goal. (Nathan) Dyer is always a potential threat with his pace but even though we didn't play particularly well in the first half, I can't remember anything that caused us problems.

'Swansea had a gameplan and I thought they did it well in terms of frustrating us. We compounded that by not playing with enough tempo to begin with.

'They came to try to do a job and were pretty successful in the first half, but we were on top after that and deserved it when you look at the chances.'

Pearson also praised his opposite number on Saturday, Paulo Sousa, as well as what the Swans have achieved over the last few years, he added:

'We are all trying to do the same job and managers are always going to be under pressure,'

'I have got a lot of respect for him [Sousa] as a player and I think he has gone into a club where there will be high expectations which I'm sure he can meet.

'He is a thoroughly decent guy and his experience at the clubs he has played for will allow him to get Swansea playing the football that has been the trademark for the last two or three years.'

There was a note of caution for Sousa as he sets out on the job of replacing Roberto Martinez.

'I have to applaud what they have done in the last couple of years,' Pearson said. 'They will have to manage the expectations this year and it's never easy as managers are always under pressure to win games.'

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Date:Monday August 10 2009
Time: 11:02AM


leicester did try harder but in the second half they were lucky not to have players sent off.
10/08/2009 12:31:00
they had a few dirty players and you're right they were lucky.
10/08/2009 15:11:00
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