Nigel Pearson: Miserly defence record is key for Leicester City's promotion push
Leicester City's miserly defensive record will be key to a promotion push, says manager Nigel Pearson.
City took their tally of clean sheets to eight on Saturday with victory at Sheffield Wednesday, the highest number in the Championship.
City also have the joint-lowest number of goals-against in the division, along with Brighton, on 16.
Pearson said the entire team, and not just the back four and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, could take credit for their excellent record.
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"We have an experienced back five, but we also defend well as a team," said Pearson.
"The energy levels we have in our forwards is excellent. You start defending from the front and I think the intensity with which we are able to press the opposition is vital.
"The players understand how we defend as a team, that is from the front. If you have forwards who are willing to work hard for the team, it triggers the rest off.
"Sheffield Wednesday are a big side and we had to deal with a lot of dangerous aerial situations, and did that very well.
"Players are in the side for different reasons and we know we have some very good defenders at the club. But, all in all, it is about us defending and attacking well as a team.
"The goals we are scoring are being spread through the team, and that is important through the duration of the season.
"But if you keep clean sheets, it does give you a better chance to win games. Things are going pretty well and it shows the group ethic we have got."