Nigel Pearson pinpoints reasons for Leicester City's FA Cup defeat
Poor quality in both penalty areas cost Leicester City their place in the FA Cup fifth round, said manager Nigel Pearson.
City have been one of the Championship's highest scorers and boast the meanest defence this season, but they were off-form in both departments when they suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night.
While defensive lapses were punished, particularly for Sean Scannell's winner when he was allowed to skip past Matty James and Paul Konchesky to score, City also wasted opportunities in front of goal.
Pearson said they knew where they had to improve. "We haven't been good enough in both boxes, that is the best way to sum up the game," he said.
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"We have conceded a couple of poor goals. For the first one we could have avoided giving away the free-kick from which they scored.
"For the second one, we were done on the counter-attack, which wasn't a good goal to give away. That is disappointing.
"And we haven't been clinical in their box when the chances came along.
"We probably didn't secure the ball well enough. We had opportunities but things didn't quite fall our way.
"I thought in the first half we passed the ball well enough and there were some good passages of play, but we didn't look as dangerous as we have done.
"They came with a game plan and got everyone behind the ball and played counter-attacking football. They were tough to break down and we had to be patient.
"But when you concede a goal like the second goal, at the time it came as well, it is not always easy to recover, although we did have opportunities after that."
Pearson said there was not a lack of effort from his players and said there were some positive aspects of Tuesday's performance.
"We have a relatively tight squad and we had some players out there who have not played an awful lot of first-team football this season for us," said Pearson, who made four changes from the side that lost at Peterborough United on Saturday.
"The players applied themselves in the manner I would expect them to. There is a good work ethic here but, what let us down, was our quality at crucial times.
"I think there is sometimes the temptation to have your perspective dictated by the result. I have to look at things in a more measured way.
"There were aspects of our performance which I think were positive.
"But I know what has cost us has been the quality in both boxes, which has not been what it has been. Sometimes that happens.
"We have not been at our best. We are disappointed to be out of the Cup.