Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson set to make changes for Saturday's clash with Derby County
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson is likely to make changes for Saturday's clash with Derby County.
Pearson watched the same starting 11 that beat Sheffield Wednesday so impressively on Saturday slip to defeat at Leeds United on Tuesday, and insisted that he would be 'tweaking' his side.
Marko Futacs and Anthony Knockaert went on as second-half substitutes, and City did improve after their introductions, while top-scorer David Nugent could be available if he recovers from a neck injury.
"We didn't get going at Leeds and that is the most disappointing thing about it," said Pearson.
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"We didn't perform particularly well and, when we don't manage the ball effectively, it changes the complexion. We have under-achieved in that sense.
"The second half was much better in terms of trying to force the game but we didn't show enough quality, and that is the most disappointing thing because it was an unchanged side from Saturday.
"The players who started deserved to start but, unfortunately, it is a case now of possibly tweaking it for Saturday.
"We didn't miss Nugent on Saturday but, because we have lost, you can argue we missed him at Leeds.
"That is the temptation I suppose, to talk about the players who are not playing rather than the ones that have. But,
when he is available, I will be
delighted to have him back in
"I thought Marko did well. He put himself around very well and is not afraid to shoot."
Pearson said his side need to show more desire when they were in possession.
"We didn't work hard to create options for each other when we had the ball and we didn't achieve the levels we have in the past," he said.
"But as bad as we were for managing the ball and being positive in possession, we could have still got something out of that game.
"The players know we have under-performed and it is about recognising where we need to improve – and I know where we need to improve.
"Yes, we have some young players in the team, but they are good enough and I back them every week to go out and perform."