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I will not hide, says Nigel Pearson as Leicester City's form slumps


Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson said he would not shy away from the responsibility for his side's dismal run of form.

The 2-0 defeat at Barnsley yesterday meant City have now picked up just two points from their last seven games.

They have won just once in 11 games as their promotion hopes now hang in the balance.

City's run has led to more speculation about Pearson's position as manager, but he said he is fully concentrated on trying to get City back on track.

"I don't think performances like today help," he said when asked about his position after the Barnsley game. "There is no doubt about that.

"But if you are under the management side of football, you have to accept that you are going to come under pressure if performances and results continue to take a downward turn.

"I won't hide from that responsibility.

"We will have to wait and see on that, but my thoughts right now are on getting my players ready for the next game. That is how I have to work."

Pearson admitted his players have put themselves under intense pressure through their poor performances over the past two months and admits it is hard to watch his side struggle so badly after looking so strong earlier in the campaign.

"It was another poor performance and we have given ourselves a mountain to climb," he said.

"We started the game poorly and played with very little authority throughout the game.

"The hardest thing to witness is that a group of players who have shown some really good form this season, who are totally out of sorts and it is happening too often.

"We have worked hard to get in a very good position this season and then, over the last two months, we have put ourselves under an awful lot of pressure.

"It is a little bit concerning for me to see my players going through such a difficult period.

"The players are very despondent and I would fully expect them to be. The following we have home and away, for us to put on such a poor show at a crucial time of the season we have to, and I have to as manager, accept the criticism that comes our way.

"But we will do everything we can over the next few weeks to rectify the situation."

Cardiff ended their miserable run of form to beat Blackburn 3-0 and extend their lead at the top of the Championship to seven points. Malky Mackay's Cardiff had only won one of their last five games before the clash with Rovers at the City Stadium, but goals by Fraizer Campbell and Joe Mason either side of half-time and Peter Whittingham's injury-time penalty ended their dip in form and moved them further ahead of second-placed Hull, who play Watford today.

Matt Phillips' late goal saw 10-man Blackpool defeat promotion-hunting Crystal Palace at Bloomfield Road.

Phillips fired into the top corner from Tom Ince's pass to earn the Seasiders a late win after Barry Ferguson was sent off close to the end of the first half for his second bookable offence.

The result leaves fourth-placed Palace two points behind Watford and six behind Hull.

Lewis McGugan's last-gasp penalty salvaged a point for fifth-placed Nottingham Forest at Burnley.

Burnley took the lead in the second half through a deflected shot from Junior Stanislas before McGugan was given the chance to level things up when he was hauled down by Kevin Long.

The midfielder blasted the ball past Lee Grant to secure a 1-1 draw and keep his side two points clear of Brighton and three ahead of City.

Wolves gave their hopes of avoiding the drop a shot in the arm with a 3-2 win over local rivals Birmingham at St Andrew's.

Stephen Hunt found the net from inside the six-yard box in the 20th minute before two goals by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, one from the penalty spot, saw Wolves take a three-goal lead at half-time.

After the break, Wade Elliott inspired a Birmingham fightback by scoring twice.

I will not hide, says Nigel Pearson as Leicester City's form slumps

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