Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce has backed his side to escape from relegation trouble, despite a 1-0 home defeat by Chelsea leaving the Citizens still just six points clear of the drop zone.
The reverse was City's fifth in a row in the league, but Pearce felt that his side had given their all against the reigning Premiership champions.
He said: "We came into this game after losing in the FA Cup and sometimes it is harder to play in front of your own fans when things are not going well.
"People are also telling me this club is split down the middle, but this display showed otherwise. I was pleased with the endeavour we showed.
"There is talk of rifts in the camp, but you can't put on a performance like that against one of the best teams in the world if you have rifts in your camp.
"We are bitterly disappointed we lost the game and felt we should have got something out of it.
"We have got ten matches to go and must make sure we take that endeavour into the weekend."