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Pressure - what pressure?

Byline: By James Hunter

Mick McCarthy will not let the pressure get to him as Sunderland go to Charlton tomorrow looking to end their two-month losing streak (writes James Hunter).

The Black Cats have lost eight Premiership games in a row and defeat at The Valley would see McCarthy equal the run of nine Premiership losses suffered when he arrived at the club in 2003.

Sunderland go to London bottom of the table with just five points from 16 games so far this season.

McCarthy admits losing games is always going to put pressure on a manager.

Yet he refuses to worry about his position and insists he is fully focused on trying to improve the club's fortunes.

He said: "I do not get wrapped up in the pressure thing.

"If you are winning games there is not a problem and if you are losing games there is and I fully accept that.

"I am fairly pragmatic about that. It is not my position which worries me, it is the position of the team that concerns me."

McCarthy is set to start with Julio Arca now the midfielder has recovered from a fractured toe.

Goalkeeper Kelvin Davis is expected to be recalled at the expense of teenager Ben Alnwick.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 9, 2005
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