Nigel Pearson backs his Leicester City squad to overcome 'crisis'
Manager Nigel Pearson said Leicester City have to hold their nerve as they face up to a crisis of confidence.
The 1-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday saw City slump to their fourth defeat in a seven-game period.
Pearson's men have picked up just five points during that spell, and he admitted that the run is starting to affect his players.
However, he said he still has faith in his players and that there are strong-enough characters within his squad to get City back on track.
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Pearson also admitted it was understandable considering his team's form that questions are being asked about his position at City.
"We looked like a side in a crisis of confidence at the minute," he said.
"I can't fault the players' efforts, but we weren't fluid and didn't solve the problems Wednesday asked of us.
"But ultimately, I know that our creativity at the minute is not quite there.
"I don't think the fear factor is there. We just have to go out and play.
"I think we have been a little inconsistent. We are not a defensive side at all and we created enough chances again. We just were not able to take them.
"I will do what I have always done and state that I have a strong belief in the players.
"Whenever you go through these situations, it is about the collective ethic and spirit of the group that will serve you a lot more than the individual approach. We have a number of really talented individuals who have the licence to operate within our frame-work. It is not quite happening for us.
"I am always fending off questions about my future and I have been asked again. I think that is normal when you are a football manager.
"We have worked very hard to get into this position. Our form currently is not what we want in terms of getting results.
"We looked nervy at times. We are at the stage of the season where we don't really want that, but we have the right sort of characters within the group to come through it. We have to keep our nerve."
Pearson said he would consider moving into the loan market to bolster his defensive options if Ritchie De Laet's injury is as serious as feared.
The right-back was stretchered off with a leg injury after a heavy challenge from Jeremy Helan, and De Laet's leg was immediately placed in a splint.
"I don't think there was any malice in the challenge," said Pearson.
"I have seen it again. Ritchie went to make contact with the ball and we are talking about a contact where players are moving in different directions.
"It is his right leg. It is the fibula or ankle area. It is a contact of his lower limb and the extent is unclear at the moment. We hope it isn't too serious.
"I don't know at the moment if we have to go into the loan market.
"It is something we might need to consider."