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Sven calls on Foxes fans to maintain Championship climb

Leicester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson saw his side extend their winning home run to four games on Wednesday night, seeing off a below par Watford side and rectifying Sunday's defeat to Birmingham City at St Andrews in the process.

A solid first half display saw Leicester go in at the break 2-0 up and the Swede was quick to point out Leicester's dominance in the opening half of the match. "The midfield were bossing things and we had a lot of possession. We showed great spirit," he said after the game.

The damage was done by Eriksson's strike pairing of David Nugent and Jermaine Beckford, who grabbed a goal each in the opening exchanges, with the latter opening his account for Leicester since switching from Everton on transfer deadline day.

"To see the two strikers both score was very pleasing, especially for Jermaine, who has worked very hard - remember he picked up an injury soon after he joined us - so I am very happy for him," added Eriksson.

On target

Beckford was on target for the second goal, rising to nod in a Yuki Abe cross. The striker worked tirelessly all evening and was given a rapturous ovation by the home crowd when Eriksson hauled him off in the 75th minute for Darius Vassell.

Leicester's win sees them climb to ninth in the Championship table, just two points from the automatic promotion places. 

With another struggling team visiting the King Power Stadium this Saturday in the shape of Millwall, Eriksson is insistent on another three points to maintain the foxes push up the league table and believes the Leicester fans will play a big part in the clubs success on the pitch.

"We must build on this now. Three points has to be our target, but Millwall will not be easy. The fans were great again tonight and we will need them again on Saturday. I know that with our supporters behind us we will be a force, so I look forward to seeing them all."

By David Cockcroft

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