Date: 29th March 2007 at 5:22pm
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Ahead of the game with the Citizens, Antoine has kept schtum, particularly after the non-event that was the game at Eastlands earlier in the season. Speaking to the press he was keen to backtrack on earlier comments and instead focused on Newcastle rather than City:

“Stuart Pearce has shown he is human by getting on with his job. He is the same as us – we are under pressure and we have to do the same as him. Of course I want to do well against my old club. The first thing, though, is we need to win for our team and for our fans to be happier. Personally, though, I will be very, very happy to beat them, but Newcastle comes first. We have now lost the last two games, so it is not a good run for a club like this. We have to train very hard and concentrate. I am sure with the qualities we have we can succeed.

We must have a bit more communication, though. We have to work hard collectively and individually. It is always hard when you lose as a group but that is the way it is. Even if you do some good things as an individual, you are usually judged as a group. That’s frustrating, but for players, staff and for the fans the situation isn’t easy. We understand that the fans feel bad and we know we aren’t doing well. We have to keep working and prepare very well for the Manchester City game.’