Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson backs squad for a quick turnaround
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson said his squad have the character to get their automatic promotion push back on track at Blackpool on Saturday.
City suffered their second consecutive league defeat, and third in all competitions, on Tuesday night as Charlton grabbed victory at the King Power Stadium.
But Pearson said his side had proven on several occasions this season that they are capable of bouncing back.
The City boss said he would protect his players from any negativity generated by the recent results, which come on the back of an eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
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"It is a test of character for us, it always is," said Pearson.
"I remember sitting here after winning three, four and five on the spin, but I will view the games in the same way.
"I think when things have gone our way and broke for us when we haven't played well, I would say it. Likewise, when you lose games you have to have a rounded view of it.
"It was a poor result (against Charlton) for us, and it is not one of our better performances.
"But, for me and the players, it is a case of not getting into a situation where the somewhat negative vibes you might hear elsewhere affect us.
"We have been here before this season on a couple of occasions. It rather amuses me, to be honest."
Pearson admitted some of his players have struggled to maintain their level of performance, and said defensive lapses, which allowed Yann Kermorgant and Danny Haynes to score for the Addicks, cost them dearly. But he also believes City should have capitalised on a good spell following Chris Wood's equaliser.
"We had a number of players who struggled to cope with the game, which is a shame, but ultimately if you concede the types of goals we conceded, it gives us a problem in terms of winning games," he said.
"I don't think we deserved to lose the game, but we did.
"I know the second goal (Haynes' goal) is a good strike, but we did not deal with a situation I would have expected us to snuff out pretty effectively.
"We had plenty of players around, but we stood off a player who was able to hit a speculative shot and it is a very good goal. But from a defensive point of view, it was avoidable.
"It is not like us, we have been very good defensively.
"We have a fully fit squad at the moment and this is the same group of players who have been playing very well.
"I think the danger is that you get too far ahead of yourselves by looking at what is happening elsewhere.
"We have lost two league games on the spin and didn't play particularly well (against Charlton), but we didn't deserve to lose. That is how it is."