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Sep 19, 2006

Pearce not feeling pressure despite away form

Stuart Pearce insists he is still the right man to manage Manchester City.

Although Pearce retains the total backing of City's hierarchy, some sections of the Blues support are becoming increasingly disillusioned with the former England skipper.

Sunday's defeat at Blackburn means the Eastlands outfit have now lost an incredible 11 of their last 12 Premiership away games and picked up only four points from five matches this season.

While Pearce claims to be `unaware' of the discontent, which has been aired on local radio phone-ins and newspaper websites, the City hotseat might start to get a little uncomfortable should they fall short in the Carling Cup at League One Chesterfield tomorrow night.

Yet Pearce still relishes the pressure and has no doubts over his ability to deliver results.

'I think I am the right man in this job,' he said ahead of the second-round tie. 'Pressure is part of the job. That is why I wanted to be a Premiership manager. If I felt as though there was no pressure, I probably wouldn't be doing it.

'Manchester City supporters have followed this club through thick and thin. They were disappointed on Sunday, as were the players.

'But, unless I am living in a bubble, I don't really see people having a go at me.

'I spoke with the chairman and chief executive straight after Sunday's game. I didn't get any indication from them they were having a go at me and I have not seen it in the media. I don't see it and I don't feel it.'

Pearce is acutely aware how quickly fortunes can change in the modern game. Victory at Saltergate, plus another against Saturday's visitors West Ham would put a completely different gloss on the opening month.

And, as a former Hammer himself, Pearce points to the rollercoaster ride Alan Pardew has endured at Upton Park for evidence to back up his argument.

'One minute Alan was the biggest villain at the club, then he becomes the biggest hero,' he observed.

'Now, they have not won for three games immediately after the arrival of two South Americans who were the best thing to happen to the club in years.

'That just shows the highs and lows of football and it is important, especially for the guy in the hot-seat, not to get carried away by either.

'I know how quickly football turns around. If we win a cup tie tomorrow evening and beat West Ham on Saturday, all of a sudden people will say 'what were we thinking about?'.'

With 10 players missing for a variety of reasons, including new arrivals Andreas Isaksson and Hatem Trabelsi who both face at least a month on the sidelines with knee and groin problems respectively, Pearce does not have too many options as he looks to avoid a repeat of last season's dismal exit to Doncaster at the same stage.

'Over my career, I have not lost too many games to lower-league opposition,' said Pearce.

'I rarely remember it happening at Nottingham Forest and I don't intend it to happen tomorrow evening.'

Chesterfield will be without Shane Nicholson, who has a groin injury, while fellow defender Alan O'Hare is rated doubtful after limping out of last week's draw at Blackpool with an ankle injury.