Leicester City's FA Cup exit could be blessing in disguise, says Matty James
Leicester City's FA Cup exit could benefit their promotion challenge, believes Matty James.
The 21-year-old midfielder said the players were disappointed to be out of the competition after losing 2-1 to Huddersfield but would now turn their focus on trying to regain an automatic promotion place, starting on Tuesday when Charlton Athletic travel to the King Power Stadium.
"I think it could be a blessing," he said. "We are, however, disappointed to be out of the Cup. We wanted to stay in it. It is not like we wanted to be out of the Cup to concentrate on the Championship.
"We are disappointed but, at the same time, we have to be positive in the next game. That is all we can do."
It was a bad night for City. Not only did they bow out of the Cup, but Hull City's victory over Derby County saw the Tigers leapfrog City into second in the table.
James said the players were determined to regain their top-two status and bounce back after back-to-back defeats by beating Chris Powell's Charlton.
"We have had disappointments in the past, we have had hiccups but then gone on good runs and risen up the league," he said.
"We are in a good position in the league at the moment. We lost at Peterborough last Saturday but, if we bounce back against Charlton, then it is kind of forgotten. It is important that we now focus on the next game.
"There wasn't much we could do about that (Hull's win). It is completely out of our hands."
Hull could go six points ahead of City if they beat Charlton at the KC Stadium on Saturday.
James said: "That means they have played two games more than us so, if we win those games in hand, we will move back above them.
"We have to just concentrate on us individually and not focus on what other teams are doing.
"If we keep winning our games we will stay in front because of the goal difference. It is like an extra point really."