Every little helps for Pearce

Last updated : 08 April 2005 By Ben Collins
The club will employ a 'multi-ball' system for the first time as Pearce believes it will allow the Blues to keep the pressure on rather than allowing the opposition to regroup when the ball is out of play.

City have lost as many league games as they have won at home (10) since moving in 2003 and Pearce has pointed out that poor home form has prevented City from earning a much better league position.

"With the ground being so big and open when the ball does go into the stand it takes an eternity for it to come back so the tempo and atmosphere can die," he explained on the official City website.

"We have to keep the tempo of the game up and we have to set the pace of the game.

"We are busy looking at different things and will take ideas from different clubs and if there is anything we can do to improve that home form we will look into it. There is no doubt that the way to improve our league position is to improve our home form.

"Since we came out of the First Division it is the results at home that have held us back and cost us valuable places in the league. Our away form has been okay but at home we have lost as many as we have won and that isn't good enough.

"We have got to be stronger at home. We have to make it a fortress and that is down to the players and it is certainly down to the supporters."

Pearce is also calling for a greater input from the City faithful, as he did from the technical area at the Valley last Saturday.

"We are nothing at this football club without the supporters. Their vocal support is key for us as a team," he added. "It was to me as a player, but I don't want support personally from them - I want them to support those 11 shirts that are out on that football pitch.

"I think the fans are key to us at home. There have been times when I have been sat in the stands and only one or two minutes into a game the stadium has gone flat.

"For me we have some of the best supporters in the land and I hope they can help lift the team and in return we can play the kind of football that will lift them. It's a two-way thing. Hopefully the fans can start their game before the first whistle goes and keep it going all the way through. I want them to raise the roof if possible.

"They did that when we were at Charlton and if ever they go quiet I will tell them!"