Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton paid tribute to Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel after two stunning saves earned the Foxes a 1-1 draw at Fratton Park.

After a dire first half, the contest burst into life after the break and Schmeichel was at his best after 47 minutes, when he turned a Dave Kitson header around the post.

Appleton said: "I think we were a little bit disappointed we didn't win the game. We made their keeper produce one of the best saves I have seen in a very long time (from Kitson)."

He added: "To then hit the post and see him have to produce another fantastic save was pleasing from our point of view because we responded well to losing a goal.

"But the importance of the saves was there for all to see."

Promotion-chasing Leicester manager Nigel Pearson admitted failing to win games like this will hurt his side's chances of earning a place in the Premier League.

He said: "Ultimately, we need to raise the bar somewhat and strive to win tight games like this.

"The fact we have been waiting for back-to-back wins for a considerable time shows why we have not really asserted ourselves on the league yet.

"When we conceded the goal, we were fairly comfortable, so that was disappointing. But the players showed really good courage and application to get back into it."

Pearson added: "If you look at the league results, there were some bizarre ones. It shows you just how competitive this league is and how difficult it is to be consistently good. That's the challenge ahead."