Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson says he would still love to be in the FA Cup
Talk of simply concentrating on the league doesn't wash with Nigel Pearson.
The Leicester City boss took little consolation from the fact that his team can now focus on promotion without distractions after their FA Cup defeat to Huddersfield on Tuesday.
Pearson said it was for others to talk of hidden positives from the defeat, primarily a slightly less-loaded fixture programme, and that he had hoped his side would quickly return to winning ways after their defeat at Peterborough United last weekend.
"I have always been a believer that success breeds success," he said following the 2-1 defeat.
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"I have been involved in plenty of cup runs and had a heavy schedule, and I know as a player, especially at this time of year, you enjoy playing games.
"I am not a massive advocate of just concentrating on the league. That is the only thing we have to concentrate on now and it has always been our priority anyway.
"But I have a lot of respect for the cup competitions. I would have preferred to have gone through."
Meanwhile, Pearson has expressed his pleasure in the way French winger Anthony Knockaert has settled into life in English football.
Knockaert was an unknown when he arrived at City in the summer, but he has made a big impact.
Pearson said that while he still had plenty to learn he was a player capable of magical moments.
"You don't know what to expect from Anthony," he said. "He is a match winner and he is certainly a very creative player. I think for the most part his performances have been good.
City striker Jacob Blyth has joined Notts County on a one-month loan.
The 20-year-old, who plays for the City Development Squad, joins the Magpies to gain first-team experience.