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Leicester City's Nigel Pearson warns against complacency ahead of Barnsley clash


Leicester City cannot afford to let their confidence on home soil to turn into complacency, manager Nigel Pearson has warned.

City have put Ipswich Town and Derby County to the sword in emphatic fashion in their last two outings at the King Power Stadium.

They will be expected to easily dispatch a Barnsley side that has not tasted victory in their last nine games and has only one win from the last 13.

However, Pearson has urged his side not to lose focus when they face Keith Hill's side, and pointed to their shock 5-0 victory at Birmingham City to demonstrate what they are capable of.

"We have performed pretty well and the players are playing with confidence," said Pearson.

"It is important confidence doesn't become complacency but, generally speaking, we have performed well and made it a difficult place for teams to come to.

"Along the way, even though you look at the results, we have had some difficult games at home and had to work hard to win.

"It is easy to look at stats and say we have done well. Cardiff have a superior home record to us, but, for the most part, our performances and results have been good.

"But we have to work hard to maintain that. Today is no different and this will be another tough game for us.

"That is something you have to remember about this division, that you can't ever go into this game thinking it is a forgone conclusion. You have to work very hard.

"They will come here trying to upset us and our home form, and we have to make sure we do everything we can to make sure that doesn't happen.

"We have to give them the respect they deserve but we have also got to maintain the standards we have set. We have to play with the right tempo."

Pearson is backing Hill to turn around Barnsley's fortunes and get them climbing the Championship table again.

"Keith is a fighter, absolutely, I have a lot of respect for him," he said. "I think they are a better side than their league position suggests at the moment.

"We have to be aware of what they are about but, ultimately, it is about what we do ourselves. We have to make sure our performance levels are correct."

Pearson will check on the fitness of top-scorer David Nugent, who is still troubled by a neck injury, before deciding on his starting line-up.

Leicester City's Nigel Pearson warns against  complacency ahead of Barnsley clash

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