"It is of no interest to me what they've moved for in the transfer window - I treat them all the same," said Pearce, who insisted every member of his squad should brace themselves for disappointment.
"I have to pick a team of 11 - outside of that there will be disappointed people.
"The only way we can get over the line is collectively. We can't do it individually, or as a team of 11. We have to do it as a squad.
"The boys outside the team will support the ones in it because they know, come Wednesday, they might be in it.
"That is tournament football and we have to learn that."