City boss Pearson plots Foxes reinforcements after home defeat

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LEICESTER boss Nigel Pearson says he will be looking to strengthen the side in the January transfer window after watching Championship leaders Cardiff win 1-0 at the King Power Stadium.

A 25th-minute goal from Craig Bellamy sent the Foxes crashing to defeat. They are now 10 points behind Cardiff.

“When you create as many goalscoring opportunities as we did you would expect to score,” said Pearson. “But today we came up against a side that, to be fair to them, defended well and had a lot of experience. They hit us with a sucker punch and in the second half it fizzled out a little bit. It was a frustrating day.

“We didn’t manage the ball as well as I would have liked but you have to give them a bit of credit. They got everyone behind the ball and tried to hit us on the break. But we deserved to get to something out of the game. Scoring goals obviously is the key factor to winning games but I’d be more concerned if we were not creating chances.

“We are putting together a promotion push but things have not gone our way in the last few weeks. We must keep in contact with the sides in the automatic places. I might go for a striker in the transfer window.”

Leeds boss Neil Warnock heaped praise on Luciano Becchio after his double sealed a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough. Lukas Jutkiewicz’s deflected strike gave Boro the lead after half an hour, but the Argentinian replied with two goals to secure the points.

“Luciano’s first goal was unbelievable,” said Warnock. “It was not even a half chance but a top-quality finish. It was the first time he had ever been on the winning side in a five-a-side game in training on Friday. He looked so lively that I said ‘is there any chance you’ll be like that tomorrow’ - and he was!”