Chris Wood won't pay the penalty for miss, insists Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson
Nigel Pearson backed striker Chris Wood to bounce back after his penalty miss at Blackpool cost Leicester City all three points.
City were held to a goalless draw at Bloomfield Road but at least it brought an end to consecutive league defeats.
Chances were limited in a game played out on an atrocious pitch, but City were given a golden chance to break the deadlock on the hour when new signing Harry Kane was tripped inside the box.
Wood, who had scored eight times in his first seven games for City, stepped up but crashed his penalty against the bar.
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The usually prolific striker then missed another great chance later on, but Pearson said Wood would not be affected by the miss.
"That is the first piece of disappointment Chris has had to deal with since he has been here," said the City boss.
"He is a level-headed lad and these things happen. We just have to move on from it. We had other opportunities as well, but there is no doubt it was a key point in the game."
Pearson admitted his side's failure to convert their chances was hampering their promotion challenge, but he backed his players to get back to winning ways quickly.
"We had enough chances to win the game so it is a bit of a tough time for us at the minute in terms of converting chances into wins," he said.
"But what you have to do in these situations is continue to work hard and apply yourselves properly. I think the players did that.
"We are fractions away from collecting maximum points at the moment. That is something we have to deal with."
Pearson was pleased with the debut of loan striker Kane, and said the Tottenham Hotspur player would boost his attacking options.
"I think it was a good debut by Harry," he said.
"He made a great chance for himself in the first half. It was fantastic technique and a good save from the goalkeeper.
"He showed a lot of tactical knowledge as well. His understanding of the systems we used was very good.
"I am delighted to have him on board. He coped with it pretty well."
City could be without David Nugent for tomorrow night's visit of Blackburn to the King Power Stadium after he again damaged his neck in a heavy challenge by Craig Cathcart.