Wounded Leicester City will show their teeth, vows Nigel Pearson
Leicester City will come out fighting tonight as they bid to get their promotion push back on track against league leaders Cardiff.
That is the pledge from manager Nigel Pearson, who admitted that his side had been wounded by their recent poor form which has seen them pick up just five points from a possible 21.
However, Pearson said he sensed a steely determination not to let their hard work this season go to waste and that, even though confidence has become fragile, the players remain positive.
"We are getting to a critical part of the season and we have looked for the first time as though it has affected us," he said in the wake of Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
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"But I do know, having spoken to the players after the game, that their disappointment in the performance has created a real feeling of wanting to go out and do something about it.
"I don't believe in shying away from what the issues are. There was no doubt we didn't play very well at the weekend, we under performed.
"But I know what our players are capable of. So do they, and they are as keen as we are to rectify that and get back to winning ways.
"It is tough because we had worked really hard to get into a good position but, at the minute, our performances are not reflecting some of the hard work we have done in the past.
"We have got a very tough game tonight, but what a great opportunity for us to bounce back.
"There are always going to be people doubting, but we have come back from a few setbacks before. We have to do go out and show what we can do."
Pearson has come under pressure from some sections of the media, but he said he does not feel it any more than usual and that the club's owners remain supportive of him and his staff.
"There is always pressure but I don't suppose it is any different now to any other time of the season," he said.
"It is probably more visible because, with the number of games decreasing, there is more emphasis on any shifts in form. I am aware of that.
"I would rather we were winning consistently but it is really important to try to keep a lid on the raw emotions people feel.
"I have been in close contact with them (the owners) over the past couple of weeks.
"They are as disappointed as we are with the result we had at weekend, but they have been very supportive."