Foxes forwards delight boss Pearson

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Nigel Pearson is delighted to have his strikers firing after Leicester beat Ipswich to maintain their lead over fellow Championship promotion chasers Burnley and Derby.

Goals from Jamie Vardy, David Nugent - his 14th in 13 career games against Ipswich - and fit-again Chris Wood earned Leicester a 3-0 win and Pearson, the former Sheffield Wednesday captain, said: “It was a good result and good all-round performance against a decent side.

“I am very pleased with Vardy’s contribution this season, I think he is developing as a Leicester player.

“Nugent was looking forward to playing against Ipswich but I don’t suppose they were too keen. And I was pleased for Wood to come on and get a goal, it was good to have three strikers score the goals.”

Opposite number Mick McCarthy described Leicester as “the best team by a street” in the Championship after Saturday’s defeat.

Sam Vokes scored twice as Burnley inflicted Nottingham Forest’s first defeat in 15 league games, winning 3-1, while the Rams were not at their best but beat Bournemouth 1-0 thanks to Chris Martin’s late free-kick.

The game at Pride Park turned after Derby manager Steve McClaren made a double substitution at half-time, switching to 4-4-2 in the process, and the former England boss said: “We took a risk to win the game. Other days it won’t work but with this team, we can open it right up.

“This team is attacking and scores goals and sometimes, you have to let them loose.”

Burnley boss Sean Dyche, meanwhile, is refusing to look ahead to the promotion run-in.

“It is only outside noise,” he said. “We focus on what we are doing. The mantra has been clear since pre-season, one game at a time.”

Those sentiments were echoed by QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond after the Hoops suffered a third successive defeat, 1-0 to Charlton.

“As soon as we start looking at the bigger picture and promotion then we could be in trouble,” Bond said.