Nigel Pearson challenges his Leicester City side to show their staying power
Nigel Pearson has challenged his table-topping Leicester City side to kick on this week and cement their status as the Championship leaders.
City hit the division's summit on goal difference after Saturday's 1-1 draw at Birmingham and now face back-to-back home games, against Brighton tonight and Crystal Palace on Saturday.
City's 100 per cent record will be tested by both the Seagulls, who have lost once on the road this season, and Palace, who are the division's surprise package.
But Pearson said it was a great opportunity for his side to extend their advantage.
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"I am really pleased with how we have made progress, but it is about how we do from here on," he said.
"It is not a time to pat ourselves on the back, we are not quite a quarter of the way into the season. It is important we build on what we have done so far.
"It is about staying there but, more importantly, it is about where we are at the end of the season.
"We are 11 games in now but our return has been good. We could be a bit greedy and say we could be better off. It is a tough league to be consistent in and be successful.
"We are a team that is developing but the players take an awful lot of credit for the way they have gone about their football this season.
"We could set a marker in the next six days and we will be trying to do that."
Pearson said his players deserve credit for getting into top spot, and that they are an ambitious and driven group, which he added was a big improvement from a year ago when he first arrived back at the club.
"I trust my players implicitly," he said.
"We have a very good spirit within the group and, on top of that, the work ethic is there.
"I would hope the fans would recognise that the players who are currently at the club want to be here, and they want to be a success for themselves and the club.
"That is progress in itself. When you cast your mind back 12 months, the change within the club is exceptional in that respect. As their manager, I enjoy working with this group."