Pearce pleased with City fight

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Stuart Pearce has praised Manchester City for never giving up as they rescued a 1-1 draw at Everton.

The Toffees took a 44th minute lead through top scorer Andrew Johnson, but City refused to lie down and were rewarded for their persistence when Micah Richards rifled his volley past Tim Howard in the third minute of injury time.

Pearce was obviously buoyed by the turn around after an abysmal start to the season so far, and feels his side are becoming stronger as the season progresses.

"First half I was a little bit disappointed with us. I thought we really didn't go and pass that ball well enough and we gave it back to them too often," Pearce told Sky Sports News.

"I thought we could have caused them problems but we didn't get the ball high enough up the pitch to service our lone forward.

"But we hit the post late on and I thought our opportunity for getting something out of the game had gone. But it's nice to go into the break having picked something up.

"I talked to them this week about a bit of stickability in matches when things are not going our way. I think we showed a bit of stickability today and when you get the opportunity at the other end you've got to take them."

City have centre back Richard Dunne and goalkeeper Nicky Weaver to thank for saving them conceding more than one, and Pearce has recognised their fine displays.

"It was a very tight game between two tight sides and I think we deserved to get something out of it," he added.

"I think the goalkeeper and my captain got the blocks in when they had to.

"That's what you want from your captain. Your goalkeeper has made a good save and it's ricocheting around the box, and then all of a sudden your captain's diving at full stretch to chest one off the goal-line. Little things like that turn games and keep you in matches."

Pearce, however, refused to comment about a complaint made to the police about Joey Barton for showing his backside to the crowd as he left the pitch.