Our spirit will see us turn this around, says Leicester City boss Paulo Sousa
Leicester City manager Paulo Sousa believes his side have got the right spirit to turn around their fortunes.
City remain rooted to the foot of the Championship table after their 4-3 defeat at Norwich City last night.
It was their third consecutive league defeat – but Sousa said he had the players behind him.
He also said he had the full support of club chairman Milan Mandaric and owners Aiyawatt and Vichai Raksriaksorn, who publicly backed their manager on Monday.
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For the second consecutive game, City conceded a penalty for handball and had a man sent off, and Sousa said he felt everything was transpiring against them.
However, he would not comment on the decisions of referee Peter Walton to penalise Tom Kennedy in the first half and then send off Matty Fryatt for violent conduct.
Substitute Fryatt had just scored his second goal as City showed their spirit to come back from 3-1 down and then 4-2 behind.
"I spoke with the chairman and also with the new owners, and they realise it is not an easy time and that there is only one way to turn things around, and that is to be together, a strong unit, and we feel we can turn," said Sousa.
"It is a difficult time for us and everything is going against us. When we wanted to turn things and have an extra man up front, we then conceded a penalty.
"We then changed things and we were on top in the game but then had a red card.
"Everything in the game didn't go in our favour. It is something we want to change and to do that we need to keep the spirit and attitude I saw last night.
"From what I saw and heard in the dressing room, we have that spirit. We need things to turn because we don't have other solutions, and to make things turn we need this attitude they have.
"This gives me confidence and belief. We are much better than our position in the table.
"We need to be positive and I saw that in the way the players spoke to me and the way they supported me and how they talked to each other. I think we have a good chance to turn things around."
Norwich boss Paul Lambert, who was a team-mate of Sousa's at Borussia Dortmund when they won the Champions League, praised City.
"They are a good team and they were never out of the game," said Lambert.
"Paulo was a world-class player and I have sympathy for him now. I hope he can turn it around."