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Sousa calm on defensive issues

Six goals conceded in the first two matches of the campaign is never an ideal start, but Leicester manager Paulo Sousa insists he has full confidence in his stuttering backline.

The Foxes have shipped three goals in each of their two matches against Crystal Palace and Macclesfield so far already, with individual errors proving costly at the back.

But Sousa insists that his side will get it right eventually with confidence.

"Of course we have things we want to correct and do better," he said.

"We are conceding goals too easily and it is something we are working very hard on. Sometimes it is frustrating for some players because it looks like they could panic, but I have told them to cool down a little bit, relax and get the confidence.

"I know what they can do. It is my job to help them and reinforce that I have full confidence in them to cut out the goals.

"Yes, sometimes they are a bit tense but that is normal. We go through the things and start to push on."

Leicester prided themselves on a strong defence under the stewardship of Nigel Pearson, tough to break down and well-organised at the back.

Indeed, City fans were told to bring a good book by some Swansea fans after Sousa built the Welsh side into an extremely tough unit to beat.

But so far this has been far from the case as the Foxes have bared witness to 12 goals in their opening two fixtures.

Particularly struggling is centre back Jack Hobbs, whose individual errors have so far been punished.

Hobbs has been one of the side's finest performers for two seasons, and this uncharacteristic phase should blow over in time.

The left centre back position appears to be the problem area for Sousa, with Hobbs looking far more confident when in the right spot against Macclesfield midweek.

Recent Portuguse signing Moreno impressed against the Silkmen before being substituted, and could make his first league start on Saturday to help steady the ship.

City will get it right at the back eventually under Sousa, but with Middlesbrough coming to town at the weekend, individual errors must be kept to a minimum.

One thing's for sure though, this 'we'll score one more than you' approach is certainly not dull...

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Date:Thursday August 12 2010

Time: 12:29PM


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