We won't let our standards drop now, insists Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson ahead of Wolves clash
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has vowed his side will not underestimate struggling Wolves tonight.
Wolves have suffered a hangover from their relegation from the Premier League last May and are languishing in 18th place in the Championship, just five points above the drop zone.
New manager Dean Saunders, who was appointed after the sacking of Ståle Solbakken, is attempting to arrest Wolves' slide.
They have picked up just two points from their last six league games and were knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round by non-league Luton.
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However, Pearson said Wolves still possess players capable of punishing City if his side let their standards drop in tonight's Championship clash at the King Power Stadium (7.45).
"We know they have some good players and we have to make sure our performance is right ourselves," he said.
"We are aware of the players they have and how good they are. We know what to expect from them.
"As most Championship games are, it will be another good test for us. We can't spend too much time concerning ourselves with the opposition's status. Our focus has to be on our performance."
Pearson admitted City must adapt their mindset after the game was brought forward to a Thursday night, instead of the usual Saturday afternoon.
But he said it was a good opportunity to put down a marker on their promotion rivals.
"Mentally, you have to change it all around," he said. "If you allow it to affect your psychology around your preparation, then it will affect it.
"The important thing is you get on with it and accept that, for us, it is another opportunity to get ahead of our rivals. If we get the right result, then we put a bit more pressure on the teams around us."
Anthony Knockaert is City's biggest injury concern, and several other players have been carrying knocks in recent weeks.
But Pearson believes resting the likes of Chris Wood, David Nugent, Danny Drinkwater and Matty James, who are all expected to return to the starting line-up tonight, at Huddersfield last week has helped preparations for the visit of Wolves.
"I hope they have benefited from the rest," he said.
"It is not always an easy call with resting one or two, but we did have a few players who were carrying knocks. It is important to get the balance right, wanting to win the game and make sure our players are fit."