Pearson urges Foxes to focus on reaching play-offs
Published 21:32 18/03/12 By Darren Lewis
Nigel Pearson has ordered his Leicester players to reach the play-offs as consolation for their FA Cup elimination.
The Foxes sit 12th in the Championship – eight points off the top six – and boss Pearson said: “We’ve got to regain our focus very quickly now.
“The disappointment from today will have to be shaken off.
“We’ve got to try and get some momentum in our league campaign.”
Second-half goals from Jermaine Beckford and sub Ben Marshall were scant consolation as Pearson admitted the margin of defeat could have been bigger.
“Chelsea are a very good side and could have scored more goals,” he said. “I’ll be the first to acknowledge that. But we didn’t do enough to keep ourselves in the game. It was always going to be important to make Chelsea work hard to get in front. We didn’t do that.
“To be two down with 17 minutes gone gave us a mountain to climb.
“We had chances but when you are playing against quality players and your defensive side is not spot-on, you are always going to be punished.
“We did have a couple of moments in the second half. But we had already given Chelsea the advantage by then.”