Leicester City: Top-two spot is a huge incentive – Nigel Pearson
Leicester City will move into the automatic promotion places if they beat Middlesbrough tonight and manager Nigel Pearson said the prospect was a huge incentive to his side.
City are on the same number of points as Boro, but sit third in the table on goal difference, just two points behind Hull City, who face Peterborough United tomorrow.
Pearson said moving back into the top two would give City a psychological boost, but warned there was still a long way to go in the promotion race.
"That is an incentive, but we are still in January," he said.
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"At the moment, it is about keeping our focus on trying to get performances right because we know we have good players.
"We had a tough run before Christmas but, since Boxing Day, we have done much better and we are back on track.
"The players are confident but at every stage of the season so far they have been able to keep themselves together when questions have been asked of them. That is what you have to do.
"Everyone is under scrutiny. The league is very difficult to be consistent in but, for the most part, we have done well."
"It is where we are at the end of the season that clearly matters, but we want to try and win the game."
Middlesbrough are also enjoying a good season but have had a mixed bag of results recently and were beaten at home by Watford last weekend.
However, Pearson is still expecting a stern test from Tony Mowbray's side tonight in front of the Sky TV cameras.
"Tony will make them difficult to break down," he said. "He is very good tactically. They are having a very good season. He is a good manager with good players.
" Tony is very thorough in his preparation. They will be a difficult nut to crack, there is no doubt about that.
"It is a game that both sides will be trying to win because of the incentives of winning. We know we are up against a very good side."