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Pearson praise for record run

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson praised his record-breaking team who remain top of the Sky Bet Championship following a 2-1 win at Birmingham.

The victory was Leicester's eighth successive win and also their fourth on the trot away from home - both new club records.

Leicester's memorable victory raised the question of who can prevent the Foxes achieving their promotion target.

Lloyd Dyer put Leicester on the winning path with an excellent 24th minute goal after being sent clear by David Nugent.

Jamie Vardy sealed the victory with a fine individual strike in the 83rd minute for his 10th goal of the season although Leicester conceded a late goal by Peter Lovenkrands.

Pearson admitted: "The first 45 minutes was the best we've had this season. It was a very good display.

"I thought our overall performance was very good. I think the scoreline flatters them on the night but it was a really important result for us."

Pearson added: "We were aware about the record but the players never discussed it. The result was an added plus that we were able to achieve this record.

"To win eight games on the trot is very difficult in any league, particularly the Championship.

"I cannot really believe that we have won eight games on the trot. It is such a tough call.

"The players have to take a great deal of credit with their ability to win different types of games.

"In this league you have to scrap and be resilient. I think against Birmingham we showed that we are capable of playing some really good football.

"The players are very focussed on the goals we have set and that is to win promotion.

"The chemistry within the squad is good and we are better equipped to deal with disappointment."

Birmingham's miserable home form continued and they have now failed to win any of their last nine games at St. Andrew's.

It was always going to be a severe test for the young Birmingham side against high-flying Leicester and they gave a good account of themselves, particularly in the second half.

Birmingham boss Lee Clark admitted: "The scoreline doesn't tell the whole story.

"In every aspect of the game Leicester's confidence was sky high.

"We were happy at the end of the first half that it was only 1-0. We had a go in the second half but they were always the dominant side.

"The league table doesn't lie. Eight wins on the bounce at any level is a fantastic achievement.

"They have quality all over the team and Nigel Pearson has assembled a very good team. I hope that they go on and get promoted.

"We caused them one or two problems in the second half but they deserved to win."

Clark admits he has some huge problems.

He said: "It is not a good time for us and we have to get out of this rut.

"But I am having to rely on 17-year-olds and that it is not a good situation.

"Also since January 1 I've lost the spine of the team and we have not recovered."