Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has warned his players that their Championship play-off semi-final remains in the balance after his side took a slender 1-0 lead last night (Thursday).
David Nugent’s headed finish in the 81st minute was enough for Pearson’s sides to take the spoils in what was a typically competitive Championship encounter, with the second-leg set to take place at Vicarage Road on Sunday.
The Foxes are just 90 minutes from securing a place at Wembley in the final on 27th May, but having lost 2-1 to the Hornets twice in the league this season, Pearson wisely remains cautious.
In an interview with the official Leicester website, he said: “I think the game was what you would expect – tight. We started the game very well, I think we dealt with the occasion well and it’s nice to go into the second game with a narrow advantage.
“In terms of how we go about the next game now, we’ll try and win. Even before we started, our approach was always going to be to try and win both games, because I think we are a better team when we are on the front foot playing positive football.”
The manager hailed top scorer Nugent, who capped off a man-of-the-match performance, by ending a goal drought that dates back to January 31st against Wolves. He rose highest to head home on Anthony Knockaert free-kick.
“Hopefully it will give him that extra confidence. What I would say about him is that he always gives you a lot of enthusiasm, a good work rate and he can affect the game,” added Pearson.
“Normally with him, when he gets one, he can get two, three or four. It’s been a while, but with him around, you always feel he’s capable of scoring."
Despite his recent run, the 28-year-old boasts an impressive record against Watford, scoring seven goals in 10 games against the North London side - something he will hope to improve on in the crucial second leg this week.