Hull City 0 - 0 Leicester City

Match info: Championship at KCOM Stadium

Date: 26/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: C Pawson Att: 20,321

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  • Last Updated: December 26 2012, 19:11 GMT

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson played down speculation he is on the verge of signing sought-after striker Chris Wood after watching his side go without a goal for a third successive match.

Chris Wood: Has impressed at Millwall this season
Chris Wood: Has impressed at Millwall this season

The Foxes ended a run of back-to-back defeats with a battling point at second-placed Hull, but their recent lack of strike power was again underlined in a goalless draw.

It was only Hull's own profligacy that allowed Leicester off the hook - Jay Simpson and Abdoulaye Faye were the chief culprits - to intensify talk that Wood could soon be on his way to the King Power Stadium.

The New Zealand striker has been prolific while on loan at npower Championship rivals Millwall this term and, while Pearson admits he is ready to do business next month, he would not confirm Wood was on his wish-list.

"As always I don't join in with the speculation until any business is done," he said.

"If the right players are available and we can do it then yes (we will do business). I'm not going to bring players in for the sake of it.

"We've got players who are capable of scoring goals at the club. At the moment we've not been taking our chances.

"We've created quite a few chances in the past few games and not taken them.

"If the right players are available and we can do the deals then maybe we'll do them.

"Clearly we would like to be scoring. Sometimes you have to go through spells like that. If the players keep working hard we'll come through that."

Pearson's return to Hull, following his acrimonious departure 13 months ago, failed to enliven a cold and damp afternoon in which the hosts were celebrating 10 years at the KC Stadium.

The hosts failed to provide any sort of celebration for the occasion as they were frustrated by Pearson's desire to turn the match into a midfield slog.

Simpson had the best chance of the game, when he rounded Kasper Schmeichel only to see Richie De Laet clear his shot off the line, while Faye planted a free header wide at the back post.

Leicester's only real response came in a 10-minute burst during the first period when French midfielder Anthony Knockaert missed a hat-trick of chances.

"Today we defended with a lot of spirit and created some good opportunities. On another day we could have won it but they could argue the same," Pearson said.

"It was two decent sides trying to play football. It was an interesting game tactically but unfortunately it was 0-0.

"It was (a point gained) in the sense that we have had a lean period of late. I think we would have won that game a month ago."

Hull boss Steve Bruce was left lamenting his side's missed chances and warned they must become more clinical in front of goal if they are to win promotion back to the Premier League.

The Tigers remained in automatic promotion places, despite seeing their four-game winning run ended, but Bruce admitted staying there would be a problem if they continue to misfire.

"The big chances - we should be scoring," he said.

"Anyone who has seen us over the past four or five months will know that's the frustration. In big games especially, you can't be expected to create eight or nine chances.

"Today we've had four or five. Really we've got to take one of them in a big game.

"It's gnawing away at us all. It's not just the goalscoring it's all round we've got to contribute.

"Look at Abdoulaye. I'm shouting 'goal' as soon as I see him with that big head three yards out coming towards it.

"You think it's in the net. It's all round that the chances have come. I hope it's not going to be our Achilles heel."