The new Walkers Stadium pitch has played its part in Leicester City's command of first place in the League One table.
City beat the big freeze on Saturday evening against Oldham.
They had to settle for a draw, not the win most had hoped for. But they still opened up the gap at the top to 11 points over MK Dons and 15 over third-placed Peterborough, still leaving the chasing pack trailing further in their wake.
The improvement in the playing surface from last season has helped City's passing game.
And, even after the Latics game, it was in good enough condition for City to train on it yesterday without fear of doing great damage.
That would have been unthinkable this time last year.
Pearson, who wants points on the board rather than games in hand, said: "The pitch has played a big part.
"We haven't trained on it often but it was good to get out yesterday morning and have a good session."
He added: "Before Christmas, with international weeks and so on, there was a distinct possibility that we would be behind schedule and would have to play catch-up.
"But it is interesting that, until Monday night's game at Leeds, we had actually played four games more than Millwall and one or two more than the rest of teams who are close to us in the table.
"Getting the games played has been good for us - and it was nice to have had the matches on, particularly because of the positive results.
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