Pedro: Strange but satisfying

Pedro was thrilled to make a telling contribution yesterday, even if by his own admission his goal arrived in unusual circumstances.

The Spaniard is renowned for his dancing feet and lightening pace, but at the King Power Stadium against Leicester he used his head to net the winning goal in a tight FA Cup quarter-final tie. It is a quirk of fate he also scored in that fashion in our league fixture at the same ground last season. 

Yesterday Pedro was introduced for Willian early on in extra-time, and it didn’t take him long to make an impact, ghosting between two Leicester defenders to reach N’Golo Kante’s cross before Kasper Schmeichel.

‘It’s very strange to score with the head!’ Pedro laughed. ‘It’s good for my confidence in the team and to help us pass to the next round of the FA Cup.

‘It was a very difficult game for us. It’s always difficult here. They have very good players like Vardy and Mahrez and they are very good on the counter-attack.

‘It was difficult for us to find the pass between the lines to Eden and Willian,’ he added.

‘They defended very well, pressed high and were strong in defence with guys like Maguire and Morgan. It is very difficult to win against the team, but the most important thing is we did that and passed to the next round.’

Pedro said he was also delighted for his compatriot Alvaro Morata, who had given us the lead before the break with a classy finish. The two Spaniards’ goals have set up a meeting with Southampton at Wembley next month with the target in this competition to go one better than last time out when we were defeated by Arsenal in the final.

‘It’s good for our confidence and to help us fight in the next games. We are in a difficult situation in the league but in the FA Cup we are in the semi-final against Southampton. It’s an opportunity for us to go to the final and help us fight until the end for the top four.

‘But now is the moment to enjoy this win because it’s difficult to win against Leicester.’