QPR manager Ian Holloway had a defiant response when asked whether he was under pressure at the club.
The Hoops made it seven games without a win in the league, leading to reports in The Sun that he was to be sacked if his team failed to win against the Trotters.
He was asked by GetWestLondon whether he was under pressure, to which he responded: "What is pressure? Pressure is having cancer. Pressure is not being able to pay your bills. This is football, this is what we get paid to do. Winning and drawing and losing games is all part of it.
“You can build pressure being the media, but I don’t call it that . I think they (the players) realise that we’re trying to be better than we’ve been, we’re trying to get to a position in the table where the expectations and realities will all take care of each other.
“You only have to look at what’s been spent and what hasn’t been spent this summer to realise that the expectations of where QPR should be aren’t really that realistic to where everybody is talking about at the moment.
“I believe we’ve competed in every single game. I think we’ve been much better than the scores have shown and pressure is about what you people talk about."
Holloway made reference to the reports suggesting his job was on the line, saying: "You people do your job, and if someone wants to write some things about us not being to do our job or jobs changing in time then let’s see if that becomes reality, because we’ll have to wait and see on Monday.
“I’ll be going back to work to try and prepare my team for the arrival of the top team in the league. Pressure is someone who might be dying, or ill, or can’t afford things, but it’s not football.”