We'll bounce right back, vows Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson will be looking for an immediate response from his players after Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium.
A first home defeat of the campaign, after six straight wins on home turf, saw City slip off the top of the table behind Cardiff.
They now prepare for trips to Watford and Bolton, before East Midlands neighbours Nottingham Forest pay a visit to the King Power Stadium on November 10.
"It is important to bounce back," said Pearson. "We have to wait a week now, then we have two tough away games coming up.
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"All the fixtures at his level are difficult. It is how you do yourselves.
"If we perform to the levels we are capable of, we can beat any side home or away."
Pearson accepted that Palace, despite having lost manager Dougie Freedman to Bolton in the build-up to Saturday's clash, were the better side on Saturday. Indeed, it was not hard to see how they have climbed the Championship table on the back of a 10-game unbeaten run.
However, the City boss added that it was also a case of Leicester not being at their best for the visit of the Eagles.
"Every game we have played so far, you are going to have one or two players who are not quite firing on all cylinders," he said.
"But, providing everyone else is okay, you can carry players until they kick in during a game.
"Against Palace, we probably had too many struggling to find the sort of form they have had so far."
The overall picture remains a bright one for City, though, as they are well placed in the table and have been producing good football on a regular basis home and away.
"We were beaten by a good side," added Pearson. "Our level of performance wasn't what I would have liked it to have been, but I know we have a very honest group and a group that will get better. There is always lots to work on.
"I am very pleased with how our players have applied themselves, even when we have come in for some criticism."