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'Keep Faith With Strikers' - Pearce

City Boss, Stuart Pearce has given our so far misfiring strike force a big vote of confidence ahead of tomorrow's game against Newcastle United at Eastlands.

So far this season, City have managed only a pathetic total of seven goals in the Premiership, with Samaras the only striker to find the back of the net; the bulk of the goals coming from the defence and midfield.

Backing his four-pronged strike force, Pearce said:

'I am still confident in the ability of my strikers. You have to remember two of them are new to the club; Paul Dickov has just come back, and Darius has only just got himself back fully fit and fighting for a place again.

Suddenly, I have four fit strikers - so if I wanted to change things during a game the option is open to me, which is something that certainly was not the case three weeks ago.

We are creating chances, and it is only a matter of time before they are converted. Suddenly, a couple of them will go in; we will win back-to-back games and off we will go.'

I admire Psycho's loyalty and optimism and hope he's right. Tomorrow's game against a struggling Newcastle is, on paper anyway, a game we should be able to win, but we all know games are not won on paper but on the pitch.

The strikers won't have a better chance to show two fingers to all their doubters with some much needed goals, which would relieve the pressure on themselves and the club.

Personally, I still can't decide whether we're just a couple of nerve-settling goals away from having a confident strike force capable of getting 30-plus goals between them ( I'm talking Corradi and Samaras here ), or whether they're just not up to it as a partnership.

My heart tells me the former, but my head says the latter; time will tell.

Bythe way, what's wrong with giving Sturridge and Etuhu a go? They can't do much worse can they ?




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Date:Friday November 10 2006

Time: 11:05AM

Your Comments

can't believe the ups and downs of Man City, there is never a clear plan or stability is there? Villa are bad enough but you guys have more ups and downs than a rollercoaster!
The Fear
..... except we did have quite an up in the Cup last year at Villa Park and then in the replay at the COMS if memory serves me right ;-) ... Nice to see Villa's fortunes turning - our clubs are very alike in that sense. Hope Gareth Barry gets an England recall at long last.
bluetone
I beleive that these comments and acions will eventually cost Pearce his job!
Cravens
Although I hate to say it, since the return of Thatcher, the defence has looked stronger it will only be a matter of time before the goals start coming.
alphieblues
 

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