We deserved our victory, says Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson said his side deserved victory against Blackpool, despite the controversial nature of their winner.
City claimed three vital points when Ben Marshall fired home a second-half penalty after Jamie Vardy was adjudged to have been fouled inside the box by Blackpool's Tiago Gomes.
It was a decision that left Blackpool boss Ian Holloway fuming.
Pearson said City had done enough to get the break and, in fact, could have had more penalties.
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"We deserved to win the game regardless of whether people feel it wasn't a penalty," he said.
"I have seen the one that was given and I can see why it was given, there was contact. The ones before I don't know why they weren't given.
"Ultimately, over the course of the game I thought we did enough to win and we were the better side."
Pearson admitted that, after back-to-back away defeats in the Championship and Tuesday's dismal display against Burton in the Capital One Cup, it was vital City claimed victory, especially as they now go into the international break.
"We needed to win today," he said.
"I think it is another illustration of the Championship. We are four games in and have won half our games but we also have two defeats, which is something we have to improve.
"We could easily be four points better off. What you have to do is deal with disappointments in this league pretty well.
"In our previous two league games, we have been unfortunate. We were very poor in midweek but have bounced back.
"I am very pleased for the players because we go into an international break with a bit more of a positive feel.
"This game shows what a topsy-turvy league this is. You go one win and three defeats and the perspective is totally different, which shows people in my role have to be a bit more level-headed than others."
Full-back Ritchie De Laet had to be replaced in the starting line-up after picking up an injury in the warm-up but Pearson said he should be fit for the trip to Wolves on September 16.
"His back was stiff and he didn't feel he could play," said Pearson.
"He will be fine for Wolves and Richie Wellens might be, you never know.
"I would rather know that before we start and make an adjustment to the starting line-up and the subs, so that is what happened.
"Sean St Ledger came in and negotiated 65 minutes and that was good for us. Even when Jeff Schlupp went on at left-back, we were able to deal with the changes pretty well."