Leicester City will be out to avenge last season's Play-Off semi-final defeat by Cardiff City with what would be their first npower Championship victory of the new campaign when they entertain the Bluebirds on Tuesday evening.

After their promotion from League 1 in the previous season the Foxes had a fine 2009/10, but it ended in disappointment as first they went out of the Play-Offs then in the close season lost Manager Nigel Pearson to Hull City.

But new boss Paulo Sousa has picked up the pieces to re-build morale and set his team back on the right track following a barren start to the campaign in terms of results but with improving performances.

Sousa said: "We started with a squad that was still recovering from the fact they did not get promotion at the end of last season. Mentally some of the players were completely down, some of them were destroyed mentally.

"There has been a change of managers, philosophy, leadership - these things are not easy for players. I think we can put all that behind us on Tuesday night, but to get the points we want we need to be at our best to be competitive from the start to the end.

"Cardiff have a strong team, especially from the middle to up-front, and they are performing well and getting results. But we have also our qualities and the desire regarding what they took from us last season."

What the Bluebirds took from the Foxes last term was the opportunity of a Play-Off Final at Wembley, though when they got there themselves the team from the Welsh capital lost out to Blackpool in the battle for promotion to the Premier League.

Dave Jones' team have quickly bounced back from that major set-back, however, taking 13 points from their first five games to sit second in the table while Sousa's side are second-bottom with just two points from their five outings.

But after a sparkling performance at Coventry City on Saturday, when Leicester produced their best football of the season but frustratingly had to settle for a point from a 1-1 draw, Sousa is confident that victories will start to flow.

"This was by far the best game we have played so far," said the former Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City Manager. "Hopefully we can repeat that performance with regularity because the wins will come, confidence will increase and things will turn.

"After the way we played last Saturday it has a big impact to have an important game for everyone. I think the extra motivation is that we need to follow the mentality, the attitude and the spirit I saw at Coventry, to win games.

"We are working to win and perform well, working to control our opponents and I don't care who the opponents are. But of course the opponents (Cardiff) are important and special. It would be a special win."

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