Pearson wants strong finish

  • Last Updated: April 13 2014, 12:40 BST

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has challenged his side to finish the job and win the Sky Bet Championship title, starting at Reading on Monday night.

Pearson: Doesn't want things to fizzle out at Leicester
Pearson: Doesn't want things to fizzle out at Leicester

The Foxes secured a return to the Premier League last weekend after they beat Sheffield Wednesday and Derby and QPR lost, before suffering a sobering 4-1 defeat to Brighton in midweek.

Second-placed Burnley's defeat at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday means they remain six points behind ahead of the televised Madejski Stadium clash, and Pearson wants his side to make the title their own.

"It's been about getting promotion this year, but you don't work as hard as we have to then let things fizzle out," Pearson told the club's official website.

"I really want to push to get enough points to finish the season at the top and that is what it's all about.

"Everybody is disappointed with the outcome of Tuesday's game but it is important for us to move on. It was not in the script but it is an eye-opener for anybody who has success.

"We have got five games left now and there is still lots for us to play for.

"We have to be workmanlike; we can't just rely on our ability. We have to go out and work hard. It's about getting back to what we're good at and I want us to win the game."

Reading are hoping to join their visitors in the top flight, but will have to do it through the play-offs.

Saturday's results saw them slip out of the top six, but victory in their final five games, starting with the Foxes, will see them make the end-of-season showpiece.

"It's now a five-game season," boss Nigel Adkins.

"It's still in our hands, we have got five games left, I would back us in the play-offs if we get there, but it's in our hands.

"Everything that has happened so far has got to be put to one side and we focus with a desire to go and win five games of football.

"We will welcome the champions-elect to our stadium, they have been magnificent this season and they will play Premier League football next season and we have got to do our best to do the same."