Football - Pearson hails keeper Kasper

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson reserved special praise for goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel after seeing his team keep up their Sky Bet Championship promotion push with a 2-1 victory over Huddersfield.

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In an action-packed match, Leicester took the lead with a fine strike from Jamie Vardy in the 10th minute and added a second in the 38th minute. Trying to clear an inswinging corner from Anthony Knockaert, Huddersfield defender Anthony Gerrard headed the ball into his own net.

But it needed a fine performance by Schmeichel to keep battling Huddersfield at bay. He pulled off three great saves in the first half, two of them from James Vaughan.

Then an own goal from Paul Konchesky, who deflected Sean Scannell's shot into the net in the 67th minute, gave Huddersfield a lifeline.

But with Vaughan sent off in the 82nd minute for pushing Poland international Marcin Wasilewski to the ground in retaliation for a challenge, the third-placed Foxes clinched their eighth win of the season and maintained their unbeaten home record.

Pearson said of Schmeichel, who two weeks ago made the mistake that sent Leicester to defeat at Doncaster: "I wouldn't expect anything less than Kasper bouncing back and playing like that.

"Since I have been at the club he has won us an awful lot of points."

By the time of the red card, Pearson would not have been surprised to see Leicester with a handsome lead.

He said: "I thought it was a good game. It was an open game and I thought the early goal changed the complexion of it.

"The fact they lined up as they did suggested they were going to try to make it difficult for us and as they showed throughout the game they have a lot of threat on the break and are a dangerous team.

"But I think scoring early made for a better game. I was delighted with our performance and I felt we deserved to win. I would back us to go out and outplay our opponents. It could have been 5-2 or 6-3 with the number of chances we had."

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