Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson wants only a win at his old club Middlesbrough
Nigel Pearson said there would be no place for sentiment when he returns to his former stomping ground at Middlesbrough tomorrow.
Pearson takes his Leicester City side to the Riverside Stadium in search of their first away point of the season.
While Pearson admits Boro holds a special place in his heart, the only emotion he wants to experience is the joy of victory.
Pearson spent the final four years of his career at Boro and enjoyed two promotion campaigns, reached the FA Cup and two League Cup finals, including the 1997 Coca-Cola Cup final defeat to City.
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"I really enjoyed my time there," he said.
"It is a lovely club with good facilities, but the emphasis is on us going there to get the right result. There is no scope for sentiment.
"They were fantastic years and it is one of the results I look for first. It is the same with all the teams you play for.
"I would like to think I had a good affiliation with the fans, I really enjoyed my time on Teeside."
Although Tony Mowbray's side have had a mixed start to the season, which has mirrored City's in many ways as they have a 100 per cent home record, Pearson believes his former club will be among the promotion-chasing pack.
"There is a lot of expectation surrounding most clubs, including Boro, and a lot of clubs have got off to a reasonable start," he said.
"I know that they have some very good players. I am sure Tony would probably like to be better off points-wise than they are at the moment, but I think that is a reflection of how competitive this league is. But they will be there or thereabouts this season.
"We are aware of their strengths and weaknesses, but what we have to do is make sure we perform close to our maximum as possible."
City have no fresh injury worries ahead of the game, but midfielder Richie Wellens is not yet ready for a first-team return after knee surgery last season.