Pearson pleased for Nugent

Leicester boss praises hat-trick star; Bruce sorry for confrontation

Nigel Pearson: Says Leicester deserved their 3-1 victory over Hull City

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Nigel Pearson paid tribute to David Nugent after his hat-trick inspired Leicester City to a 3-1 victory over Hull City, while Steve Bruce was left to apologise for his conduct.

Jay Simpson cancelled out Nugent's opener but Leicester hit back to record a comfortable win against Pearson's former club and maintain their 100 per cent home record.

Hull manager Bruce was also ordered to the stands after an 83rd-minute confrontation with an assistant referee over a throw-in.

Leicester are now up to seventh in the table and Pearson was delighted with the performance, saying: "I think it was a deserved win. We were the better side all through the game and dominated the second half in terms of territorial advantage.

"Four home wins in a row is obviously very pleasing but clearly we need to get our away form going.

"But when you look at it in its entirety it is 12 points from seven games in a very tough start to the season, and we could easily be three or four points better off.

"I think our performances in general have been very good. In the away games we have been a bit unfortunate or careless, and we need to try to rectify that.

"It was good for Nugent to get the hat-trick and he proved you have just got to keep working hard when things are not going your way.

"Strikers thrive on confidence and we got the result we deserved.

"The most important thing for me is that we have got two home wins this week. When you are not picking up points away, it puts your home form under a bit of pressure.

"The two wins put us in a better position this weekend."

Bruce reaction

City boss Bruce said sorry to the assistant referee after the match and admitted he had acted stupidly, but had no complaints about the defeat.

He said: "We did not deserve anything. We have to say Leicester were worthy winners.

"The better team won on the day and we are very disappointed after the way we have played over the last few weeks. But we were nowhere near their level today.

"Too many of our big players did not perform to the levels they have been at. I don't think we defended well enough or did enough to put Leicester off their stride.

"We got what we deserved which was nothing. I have just been into see the referee to apologise. Sometimes you do some stupid things, at my age especially.

"I contested a decision that had gone against us but I still shouldn't go on like some raving lunatic, which I did and I have apologised."