Millwall will be tough nut to crack, says Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson is under no illusions that today's trip to Millwall will be extremely tough.
City face the intimidating prospect of travelling to the New Den where Kenny Jackett's men are unbeaten in six games.
Their 3-0 defeat to Ipswich last week put to an end a 13-game unbeaten run.
"Millwall have done exceptionally well," said Pearson. "They had a very difficult start to the season but have had an exceptionally good run.
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"They always make the most of playing at home as well. They have got this mentality of building up playing at their place as being a tough venue to go to and I think it's something that we need to be aware of.
"I don't think they play outside the rules of the game. What they do is they maximise the factors that they have in their favour and do that very well."
Pearson also paid tribute to his counterpart at the New Den, Jackett, who has just been named as Championship manager of the month for November.
"I think Kenny has to take an awful lot of credit for it," said Pearson. "He has been there for five years now and he's done a really good job.
"Five years in the job in any division in English football now is a long time – he's probably due a gold watch soon."
The New Den has not been a happy hunting ground for City – they have come away empty-handed on their previous two visits there.
"Millwall work hard as a team and make sure they ask a lot of questions of the opposition," added Pearson.
All eyes will be on on-loan Millwall striker Chris Wood, who will start up-front alongside Andy Keogh as Darius Henderson has been ruled out with a hamstring problem.
Wood has scored eight goals this season, while on loan from West Bromwich Albion, leading to reports that Pearson could be eyeing up a swoop for the 21-year-old in January.
City will be without Martyn Waghorn, who is ruled out following an operation on his appendix.
City's academy side made it through to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup following a 3-1 victory away at Blackburn.
Coming from a goal down, strikes from Harry Panayiotou, Jak McCourt and Joe Dodoo saw City into the next round where they will face a home tie with either Peterborough United or Aston Villa.