Pearson praises Foxes' performance

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has described yesterday's (1 December) 4-1 win at home against Derby County as "the best we've played".

Martyn Waghorn took centre stage as the hosts took a two-goal lead in the first half hour during the enthralling all East Midlands derby.

Derby halved their arrears through Theo Robinson, but David Nugent then came off the bench to score twice and secure a victory that lifts Leicester back up to third in the npower Championship.

"It was an outstanding start to the game for us. I think that's the best we've played.

"We totally dominated and to get two goals in that period was fully deserved.

"I was a bit disappointed that we were only one goal ahead at half-time, but I think we kept our composure well in the second half."

– Nigel Pearson, Leicester City manager

Nugent, who had not been expected to feature this weekend, has now contributed four goals in less than an hour of action.

He was on target twice against Ipswich prior to being withdrawn due to a slipped disc in his neck and grabbed another double last night following his 66th-minute introduction.

"It's not bad is it? Two half an hour cameos, four goals and six points, so I'm pretty happy with that.

"I woke up Friday morning and my neck just felt better. Rest was the key. I've just been lazing about the training ground doing nothing, which has been pretty boring."

– David Nugent, Leicester City striker

Derby manager Nigel Clough said although the Rams' general performance was sufficient, their defending tactics were not. The club has now lost four away games in a row and five successive league meetings with Leicester.

"The first time Cardiff went in our box the other night they scored and it was the same with Leicester. It's another goal conceded from a set-play.

"That's the only thing that's holding us back. The general performance was not too bad for long periods of the game, but all that goes out the window if you don't defend properly and we certainly didn't in the first half hour.

"If you give someone like Leicester the first goal after five minutes they're going to be all over you. They're extremely strong at home."

– Nigel Clough, Derby County manager