Nigel Pearson deserves the credit for our start, says Leicester City striker David Nugent
Manager Nigel Pearson deserves the credit for Leicester City's excellent start to the campaign, striker David Nugent has said.
After suffering mixed fortunes in the opening five games of the campaign, City have now won five consecutive games and are sitting just one place and one point off top spot in the Championship.
The knives were out for Pearson in some sections of the media a couple of weeks ago.
However, City have been in supreme form recently and Nugent said it was Pearson who transformed City from also-rans last season into promotion contenders.
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Nugent, who scored his fifth goal in as many games as City beat Bristol City 2-0 on Saturday, also revealed that Pearson can be a tough but fair taskmaster.
"We want him as our manager because he is a great manager," said Nugent.
"It was just speculation and we don't take any notice of it. We are 100 per cent behind the gaffer .
"The club issued a statement saying they were behind the gaffer so we have forgotten all about it.
"He deserves the credit he gets.
"He managed us at the end of last year and the start of this season and we have made a brilliant start. Long may it continue.
"I had him as a gaffer with the England under-21s when he took over for a couple of games. I know what he is about and he is a good chap to work for.
"He is quite feisty. He can lose his rag a bit, but sometimes we need a kick up the backside to get us going.
"We didn't play that well coming into the break on Saturday. At half-time, he gave us a good talking to and we came out back on fire, and we scored the second to kill the game off.
"All managers have different approaches. The approach Nigel has is a good one, and it is working."
While the international break may have come at a good time for some of City's walking wounded, Nugent doesn't want a break while the goals are flowing.
He even tried to claim Richard Foster's own goal which killed off Bristol City on Saturday.
"It has been a good couple of weeks for me with five goals in the last five games," he said.
"I don't want the international break to come, but it is a good chance for the lads to recharge the batteries.
"It has been tough, three games in a week is a big ask, but we are strong enough and fit enough.
"It was an own goal, blatantly so, but I did try to claim it. Having seen it again though I can't."