Pearson keen for Foxes to pile on pressure

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Leicester boss Nigel Pearson told his team to keep making life difficult for their promotion rivals after they moved another step closer to the Championship title with a gutsy 3-1 win over Blackpool.

David Goodwillie duly fired the Tangerines ahead before half-time, but the Foxes hit back with Riyad Mahrez (60), Wes Morgan (82) and substitute Kevin Phillips (87) running riot, keeping them seven points clear at the top.

The victory extended City’s unbeaten run to 16 games, including 13 wins, and former Sheffield Wednesday skipper Pearson said: “It was more difficult than in previous games because we didn’t get that early goal and, as we have done on a few occasions, had to win from a losing position.

“But it was a great result for us. It’s another game ticked off and another win. Every time we do that it makes it more difficult for sides around us. We showed an awful lot of quality today. The players have got a lot of belief in themselves and each other.”

Nearest chasers Burnley were also forced to come from behind after Ross McCormack gave Leeds a 1-0 lead at Turf Moor.

Jason Pearce undid his team-mate’s good work with an own goal seven minutes before the break and Scott Arfield hit home midway through the second half, giving Sean Dyche’s men a 2-1 win to open a 10-point gap on third-placed Derby.

“I have told the lads they can achieve anything,” Dyche said. “I have told them they have to be relentless and I thought yet again when things weren’t going our way, we just kept going.

“We can play better but we still looked a threat. It is one game at a time as we know, the division is relentless so we have to be relentless in our performances to win the league.”

Steve McClaren’s Rams drew a blank in their goalless stalemate at Reading, a result that opened the door to FA Cup semi-finalists Wigan.

The Latics claimed a sixth straight league win after a 3-1 success at Ipswich Town.