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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

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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!
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10/11/2006 13:30:00

..... 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.
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10/11/2006 13:53:00

I beleive that these comments and acions will eventually cost Pearce his job!
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12/11/2006 07:22:00

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.
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25/11/2006 20:49:00


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