Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson: 'It's time to sting the opposition'
Leicester City need to seize the initiative at Watford if they are to return to the winning trail this afternoon.
That is the view of manager Nigel Pearson, who saw his side knocked off the Championship table last Saturday by an impressive Crystal Palace side.
"Last week was disappointing in terms of the result," Pearson said. "It is the first time that we haven't done ourselves justice, though you have to give the opposition credit.
"But the players have responded exceptionally well in training and the spirit is good, as it always is.
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"We need to get back to what we have been doing, working hard. The quality let us down a wee bit last week.
"With all the possession we had we didn't create enough opportunities. We have to get back to doing what we have been doing well all season.
"We have to impose ourselves on the opposition and make sure the concentration levels are good."
A couple of lapses at the back allowed Palace a two-goal lead, which was always going to be tough for Leicester to peg back.
Palace arrived at the King Power with a nine-game unbeaten run under their belts.
The Hornets, however, sit below midway in the table and have slipped up in their last two games.
"They are an interesting side," said Pearson. "They have made changes throughout the summer. We are aware of how they play and how they want to go about the game. They have three at the back and five in midfield and try and play out a lot.
"We have to make sure that our own game is in good order first and foremost.
"Without dwelling too much on last week, that was a good example of that it is not who you play against, but what you do that is more important.
"We have to be aware of the opposition's strengths and weaknesses but our performance is the most important thing."
City have sold out their allocation for the game and the travelling fans will be hoping for a better trip than they had to Vicarage Road last season.
The visitors dominated the possession on Valentine's evening and David Nugent's double gave the Foxes a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, they ultimately fell to a 3-2 defeat.