Sheffield Wednesday: Pearson intends to stay calm

Nigel Pearson celebrates a point for his team at Wigan

Nigel Pearson celebrates a point for his team at Wigan

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Nigel Pearson refuses to get excited in advance about the prospect of his Leicester team being promoted,

The Foxes will be up if they beat Wednesday tonight then QPR lose at Bournemouth tomorrow, plus Derby fail to win at Middlesbrough.

Victories for Pearson’s men tonight and against Brighton on Tuesday would seal promotion no matter how other results go.

The former Wednesday captain said: “First and foremost, we have to get the right result on Friday, and Wednesday have already beaten us this season. There is no formality there.

“What happens on Saturday is out of my control so I shall not be putting myself through any sort of turmoil by watching games. I will probably be out on my bike somewhere.

“But if it happens at the weekend, fine, if it happens on Tuesday, then fine, and if it happens the following week then fine.

“Ultimately our focus has to be on trying to win the next game. I do fully understand the excitement but you must also understand that I can’t get involved at that level at this moment. I want to enjoy the experience of our team continuing to hit the standards we have hit all season. We want to do that all the way to the end of the season. It is not about the next week or 10 days, it is about playing all the way through to Doncaster at home. When we get to that game we will want to win that game as well.

“Things will not change between now and the end of the season in terms of how we prepare for games. We are really focused on achieving our season’s goals.” Pearson knows that his former club will aim to cause an upset tonight:

“With the number of games to go, I think their situation is relatively safe. I am sure Stuart will want to finish the season positively, as I have been talking about.

“We want to finish the season picking up points because it is how you want to go about things. Stuart will be thinking no differently. They have already beaten us this season, so we know it will be a potentially tough game.”

It could be said that the pressure is off Wednesday and on Leicester. But Pearson says: “It is the same for us as any other game. I would rather be in our situation that the teams below us, but the pressure is always on us to achieve the level of performance we always aspire to achieve.”