Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fans Are Right to Blame Us ( Pearce

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fans Are Right to Blame Us ( Pearce

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Stuart Pearce insisted Manchester City supporters had every right to turn against his side during their dismal first-half performance in yesterday's 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham.

One furious fan sought to scale the barrier behind the City dugout and confront Pearce after the visitors' second goal before he was led away down the touchline by police.

Calum Davenport and Tom Huddlestone swept the visitors into an early lead over abject City who restored some pride by mounting a second-half comeback through Joey Barton.

Pearce said: "People pay good money to come here and I was frustrated as well. If I was in his position I would have come down and vented my frustration at the manager.

"The performance of the team dictated people's reaction and rightly so today. The team were very very poor for 45 minutes, but for the next 45 minutes I didn't hear anyone venting their frustration."

Tottenham's first Barclays Premiership away win of the season also ended City's proud home unbeaten record at their City of Manchester Stadium. …

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