Nigel Pearson praises spirit of his Leicester City team
Nigel Pearson hailed the team spirit of his Leicester City side as the key factor in their promotion push following their victory at Sheffield Wednesday.
Pearson said his squad had bonded into a tight group, and that their spirit and character were going to be vital in the coming months.
Danny Drinkwater and Ben Marshall grabbed the goals as City dispatched Wednesday at Hillsborough to move up to third in the Championship table.
"The team spirit is crucial," said Pearson. "You can discuss the merits of individual players but, if they are not together as a group, you never get the chance to see them playing at their best.
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"If they are a tight group and trust each other, I like that.
"That is not to say they are all going to get on all the time, there will be spats from time to time for the right reasons.
"But I like the fact that they are together, because it gives us a very good foundation to get results, like (against Wednesday).
"It wasn't an over-sparkling performance but it was thoroughly professional. We played some really good football at times but we did what we had to do.
"The most important aspect was winning the game. It wasn't comfortable because you are never comfortable in games like this. But the players applied themselves in such a good way that it was a well-deserved win.
"We have flexibility and players who are prepared to play in different positions.
"We had a great following again and our fans can see that the players who are representing their club actually care about the club."
City retained control of the game despite an aerial bombardment from the hosts in tricky weather conditions, and Pearson praised his side's resilience.
"It was a tricky game in wet conditions, on a slippery surface against a side that put the ball into the box at every opportunity," he said.
"Set-plays were always going to be crucial and it was important that we didn't give too many away but, when we did, we defended them with a lot of commitment.
"We did that all the way throughout the game. They are a side that had more physical height than us but we stood up to the test. We were worthy winners."