Manager Nigel Pearson insisted that Leicester deserved a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser against Leeds that kept their npower Championship promotion hopes alive.

Defender Michael Keane, on loan from Manchester United, headed home Martyn Waghorn's corner in the fourth and final minute of added time to snatch a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes looked to be heading for their fourth defeat in the last six games when Sam Byram fired Leeds ahead in the 52 minute with a close-range volley at the far post. But Keane's first career league goal kept City in fifth place despite picking up only five points from their last six games.

"It was really good to get something out of the game even though it was such a late goal," said Pearson. "I thought we deserved it. We showed some good form in the first half but conceding the goal we did knocked us out of our stride a little bit. But the players showed a lot of desire and determination to get back into it.

"Leeds were a very hard working side and and got themselves in front. Keane has done great for us so far and is clearly going to be a very good player. He is a big lad and is very positive about the way he attacks the ball. I think his goal was just reward for us."

Leeds manager Neil Warnock was full of praise for the performance of his players despite the disappointment of having victory snatched from their grasp at the death.

Warnock said: "Obviously it is bound to be disappointing when you concede a goal so late in the game. But despite that it was a great team performance and I was really pleased with all the lads.

"I thought we had opportunities to go forward all the time and goalkeeper Paddy Kenny also got us out of the cart tonight as well. It was an all round team performance and I was delighted. "

But Warnock admitted he was disappointed with the "inconsistency" of some of the decisions from the officials, adding: "I have to be careful because the last time I felt like this and said something on television it cost me three grand. But the inconsistency got to me.

"But when you are disappointed to come away with a point from Leicester it shows how far we have come. It augurs well for the the final 11 games and we have six of them at home. There are a few broken hearts and tired legs tonight and it does feel like a loss under the circumstances."