Hull City v Norwich City: Pearson tells his Tigers to hold nerve

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Having steered Leicester City into the play-offs last season, Nigel Pearson knows a thing or two about the vagaries of a Championship promotion race.

So, when the Tigers manager says the key during the run-in is keeping cool and holding your nerve then it is worth taking note.

Hull host Norwich City today knowing that victory would really propel them into the fight for a place in the top six.

Pearson, whose Foxes side finished fifth last term after ending the season with five straight wins, said: “Holding your nerve is a part of any sport.

“It is more obvious now, but there is pressure to perform at any stage of the season. All we can do is concentrate on ourselves.”

Norwich will arrive at the KC Stadium in buoyant mood, having moved up to second place behind runaway leaders Queens Park Rangers courtesy of an impressive run.

The Canaries will, however, be without Aaron Wilbraham due to the back problem that kept the former Tigers striker out of Monday’s win over Bristol City.