Pearson praises his Leicester City players after snow chaos
Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson praised the professionalism of his players after they overcame chaotic preparations to beat Middlesbrough and move into the top two.
Some of Pearson's squad were trapped in the horrendous traffic around Leicester, caused by the wintry weather, and had to abandon their cars and run to the stadium.
Winger Anthony Knockaert ran from Leicester rail station to make the kick-off, which was put back by 15 minutes as the Middlesbrough team coach was trapped in traffic on Narborough Road for two hours.
An hour before kick-off, Pearson only had nine first-team players at the stadium.
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City overcame the disruption to beat promotion rivals Boro, courtesy of a stunning David Nugent strike in the second half and a last-minute penalty save by Kasper Schmeichel.
"I was a little bit worried that they could have their full complement of players here before us," said Pearson.
"A lot of our players and staff found it difficult to get here. Some of our lads ditched their cars and ran.
"We do pride ourselves in getting our preparation right but sometimes there is not a lot you can do when it takes you three or four hours to travel five or six miles.
"It wasn't ideal but both sides performed in a way which is a credit to the division.
"There isn't a lot you can do in situations like this. It is just a matter of going out there and performing as best you can.
"Having said that, I thought it was a pretty good game."
The weather meant only 8,585 fans made it to the game, City's lowest attendance since 8,444 attended the 3-0 win over Brighton at Filbert Street, in 1991.
Pearson hoped City's win, which was televised live, was of some consolation to those fans.
"A lot of fans couldn't make it but, hopefully, we have put on a good display if they stayed at home and watched it," he said.
"Our ground staff worked exceptionally hard to get the game on and I don't think it was ever going to be the pitch conditions which have put the game in doubt. It was going to be the surrounding areas"