Leicester City must display a fighting spirit in their final push for promotion, says former captain Steve Walsh.
City's promotion challenge has faltered in recent weeks.
After their automatic promotion challenge faltered, their play-off challenge is now looking precarious as they head into the final eight Championship games holding on to sixth spot on goal difference alone.
Walsh, who captained City to play-off glory twice, in 1994 and 1996, admits he has been surprised by the recent slump.
However, he still believes City can achieve promotion and has urged everyone around the club to get behind Nigel Pearson's men for the final push.
He also said City need to show a real fighting spirit to accompany their technical ability during the run-in.
"I am surprised by the recent blip," said Walsh.
"It is disappointing, especially for the fans, because after they signed Chris Wood it looked to me as though we were going to steam-roller teams.
"But we have to get behind the club now. There is speculation about Nigel's position and that is bad timing.
"We have to pull together as a club and help get them into the play-offs. The main objective is to cement our place in the play-offs.
"We had a great run of wins and, technically, by far we have the best team in the league.
"We have the best defensive record and we have the best goal difference. With those two stats, you should be top of the league.
"We can't give up on this season just because they have had a rough patch. We have to rally behind Nigel and the team and try to get us into those play-offs.
"If we get into the play-offs, we have seen that this side has the potential to get up.
"There is still a lot to play for but it will be a backs-to-the-wall job to get in there. But I still believe we can do that and get promotion."
Walsh believes City must hold their nerve during the run-in as the pressure builds.
"It is worrying that we could miss out on the whole lot if we don't stand up and fight now," he said.
"There is pressure going into the run-in and you have to be strong-minded. It is going to come down to mental strength. They have to dig deep now and fight for everything."
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