Leicester boss tips Wood to bounce back

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Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson has insisted prolific striker Chris Wood will not be affected by a penalty miss that cost the Foxes three points.

Wood, who has scored eight goals in seven games for Leicester since his January move from West Brom, smashed his spot kick onto the crossbar in a goalless draw with Blackpool on Saturday, but Pearson has backed the New Zealander to return to goalscoring form.

Pearson said: "That's the first bit of disappointment Chris has had to deal with since he's been here.

"He's a level-headed lad and these things happen. We've had other opportunities as well, but there's no doubt that was a key point in the game."

Pearson also praised on-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who made his Foxes debut at Bloomfield Road. The 19-year-old, who was on loan at Norwich for the first half of the season, started up front alongside Wood and David Nugent in a 4-3-3 formation and won the penalty that Wood failed to convert.

Pearson said: "I think it was a good debut. He showed a lot of tactical awareness today and his understanding of our system was very good. I'm delighted to have him on board.

"He gave us another option and it's always worthwhile freshening a team that's not winning."

Leicester went into the game on the back of consecutive league losses to Peterborough and Charlton, a run that has seen them slip out of the Championship automatic promotion places.

Pearson believes his side are close to returning to winning ways though, and applauded his side's performance against Blackpool on what he described as an "awful pitch".

The Foxes manager added: "Again we've had chances to win it, and it's a tough time for us at the minute in terms of turning opportunities into wins, but what you have to do in these situations is continue to apply yourselves properly, and I think the players did that today.

"We're fractions away at the minute from collecting maximum points in games, but that's something that we're going to have to deal with. It's not what we want, but the only way to get through spells like this is to work hard."


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