Leicester boss Nigel Pearson reacted angrily to suggestions his players under-performed as they squandered a two-goal half-time lead in a 2-2 draw with Coventry.
A scintillating first-half performance looked to have put the Foxes on course for a comfortable win at the Walkers Stadium, with two goals from Andy King inside the opening 20 minutes. However, it was a different story after the break as Coventry rallied and got back in it through James McPake before snatching a point in the 87th minute when Gary Deegan tapped in from close range.
"We were by far the better side in the first half. Second half - give them credit, they played much better," Pearson said. "I think the draw is fair. Their second-half performance warranted a draw. We still had some opportunities."
Coventry boss Chris Coleman revealed he gave his players a verbal bashing in the dressing room at half-time after a dismal showing in the first 45 minutes.
"It was a classic example of a game of two halves," said Coleman. "First half we were poor, second we were good. It was a good derby.
"I spoke to them (at half-time) about tactics and then I spoke to them about a few other things. They came out and gave me a response. If you haven't got 11 players who are ready to work then tactics don't matter."
Watford boss Malky Mackay was proud of his side's display despite their 3-1 defeat at Cardiff.
The Hornets remain three points above the relegation zone after going down to goals from Ross McCormack, Peter Whittingham and Chris Burke, with Heidar Helguson grabbing a late consolation.
"There was a period in the first half where we had numerous chances and I felt we certainly deserved to get something out of the game," said Mackay.
"We have to learn that both boxes count and they certainly did. But to come down and play the way we did, I have got to be proud of the players."
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