FORMER Sheffield Wednesday skipper Nigel Pearson put his Leicester City side’s shock 2-1 defeat at Peterborough down as “a missed opportunity”.
Leicester were overwhelming favourites to extend their five-match winning run in the Championship and they boosted their chances when ex Owls loanee Ben Marshall swept home seven minutes into the second half.
But the division’s bottom side hit back with Manchester United loanee Davide Petrucci’s 25-yard half-volley levelling proceedings before Grant McCann gave his side’s survival prospects a shot in the arm with a classy finish from the edge of the area.
The defeat left Pearson with a sour taste in his mouth as Leicester remained in the second automatic promotion spot on goal difference only.
“There’s no doubt it goes down as a missed opportunity,” he said.
“When you get in front in a game like this, you have to close it out and we failed.
“That is not something you will hear me say about my players too often but I felt Peterborough had more drive than us, especially after they had got themselves level.
Leicester’s setback allowed leaders Cardiff to extend their lead atop the Championship to 11 points - despite being held to a goalless draw at managerless Huddersfield.
It was also a forgettable day for fourth-placed Hull, who missed the opportunity to move above Leicester after a 1-0 defeat at Brighton.
A late free-kick from substitute Vicente Rodriguez was enough to give the Seagulls maximum points and take them up to seventh, two points off the play-offs.
Lee Peltier put the ball into his own net although Leeds responded superbly and looked like they would claim all three points thanks to Luke Varney’s strike and a penalty from Ross McCormack, until Batth levelled proceedings with his first league goal.
Billy Davies knows the size of his task when he returns as Nottingham Forest boss today after they slid to a 2-0 defeat at Bristol City, who sealed the victory thanks to second half goals from Stephen Davies and Marvin Elliott.
Craig Davies and David Ngog came off the bench to turn a Lancashire derby on its head and hand Bolton three much needed points in a 2-1 success against Burnley, who had opened the scoring through David Edgar.
Wade Elliott’s stoppage time effort cancelled out Yann Kermorgant’s 88th minute strike as Birmingham and Charlton drew 1-1, Jordan Rhodes scored the only goal of the game as Blackburn edged past Ipswich, while Tom Ince and Nathan Delfouneso gave Blackpool a 2-1 win over Millwall, who had taken the lead through James Henry.