This is no time to panic, insists Leicester City midfielder Paul Gallagher
Paul Gallagher said it was no time to panic after Leicester City suffered their third consecutive defeat on Tuesday night.
The midfielder went on as a substitute during the 2-1 loss to Charlton at the King Power Stadium.
City have crashed out of the FA Cup and slipped out of the automatic promotion places in the Championship in the past 10 days, with the gap to second place now nine points.
But City have two games in hand on their promotion rivals and have 15 games still remaining, and Gallagher said they must keep their nerve.
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The recent run came on the back of five consecutive league victories, and the City midfielder said the players must believe they can go on another impressive run to push themselves back into contention, starting at Blackpool on Saturday.
"We are still in a good position," he said. "We have had a good season. We won't need lifting because we have a good team spirit.
"We go into every game believing we can win. We have done it before when we have lost two on the bounce and then gone and won five in a row. I am sure we can do that again.
"You never know in this league, it is unpredictable, but we have shown before what we are capable of.
"We have a great blend in the squad of experience and youth, and good staff.
"We are just itching for the next game because, after a defeat, you just want to get straight back into action to get that winning feeling back.
"We know there is a long way to go, with 45 points up for grabs.
"This is not a time to panic because there is still a lot of football to be played."
Gallagher admitted the defeat at home to the Addicks, courtesy of Danny Haynes' spectacular winner, was frustrating for everyone in the City camp.
"We knew Charlton would come and set up like a lot of teams do here, to frustrate us," said Gallagher.
"They gave us respect because they knew we could hurt them. When we got the equaliser, the momentum was with us and I thought there could only be one winner.
"Then they hit us with a sucker punch. If Haynes hit that shot a hundred times, that would be the only time he would score."