Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce admitted that he and his players are under severe pressure after they crashed out of the FA Cup 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers.
The Citizens are in danger of being dragged into a relegation battle at the wrong end of the Premiership and put up a tame show at Ewood Park against an in-form Rovers outfit.
Pearce commented afterwards: "I admit to feeling the pressure but it is important that the players and the fans keep faith with the staff.
"We are disappointed and it was not nice to hear the chants of the fans, but I will go in on Monday morning with a smile on my face and try to put things right.
"Sometimes you feel like putting your head in a bucket of water, but I know that the only way out of this is to face up to matters head on and work even harder.
"The pressure is always the same, you have to win the next game. I'm no shrinking violet, the flak comes with the job. I'm not going to moan and sulk about it.
"We didn't have the cutting edge that Blackburn had and good luck to them.
"We didn't really know how to keep constant pressure on the opposition goal when they went down to ten men."