Hull City's James Chester: No need to panic but lessons must be learnt from Leicester defeat
JAMES Chester believes Hull City must heed the lessons of a sobering reality check if they are to maintain an impressive start to the Championship season.
A glittering run of three consecutive victories met a limp conclusion on Sunday as the Tigers were second best in a 3-1 loss at Leicester.
The defeat, only City's second in seven league games this season, saw Steve Bruce's men miss out on the chance to climb to their highest position since relegation from the Premier League in 2010.
This Saturday's home clash against a Peterborough side still searching for their first point of the season offers an inviting chance for City to recapture their winning formula.
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But Chester says the set-back suffered at the King Power Stadium should stand as a reminder that nothing will be achieved without the right attitude.
"I certainly know that anyone can beat anyone in this division and the first thing you've got to do is compete if you're going to have any chance of winning a game in this league," said Chester, who spent a short spell on-loan with Peterborough in 2009.
"It's a little kick up the backside for us, but it's no time to start pressing the panic button because we're a good side that can bounce back.
"Peterborough are on a difficult run so they'll be scrapping for everything, but we've been very decent at home this season. It's important that we have a response."
City remain confidently positioned within the Championship's top six after Sunday's defeat, but Peterborough's visit this weekend will start another busy period ahead of the season's second international break.
A mouth-watering home clash with free-scoring Blackpool will test the Tigers a week today before signing off the hectic schedule with a trip to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on October 6.
City will attempt to extend a 100 per cent home record when Peterborough and Blackpool arrive in East Yorkshire and Chester remains optimistic.
"Given what we've produced this season I don't feel as though there's anything to worry about," he added.
"There's a lot of new players in this squad and playing a new system so we're all still adapting to that.
"We've done that pretty quickly to be honest and done well so there's nothing here to be concerned about."
Defeat to Leicester was City's first in five league games and compounded by Bruce's dismissal late in the game for remonstrating with the officials.
The frustrations boiled over for the Tigers' boss and that disappointment was made clear to his players after the game.
"We know we're not always going to play as well as we have done in the previous three games but I don't think we competed well enough. We made it too easy for them," added Chester.
"Leicester were a good team and it was never going to be easy, but if you don't compete you've not got much hope.
"The manager hasn't gone too mad with us because we've had a good start to the season but it wasn't good enough at Leicester."