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Interview: Pring time pleases Pearson

Nigel Pearson saluted league debutant Cameron Pring as City claimed all three points against Reading at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

A brace from Andi Weimann and Chris Martin’s second of the season – from Pring’s header –  helped the Robins to their first win of the Sky Bet Championship season.

The forward headed City in front as early as the fifth minute before Martin doubled the visitors’ advantage after a quarter of an hour of play in RG2.

However, it was a nerve-racking night as Reading pulled a goal back before City’s cushion was restored when Weimann played a one-two with Alex Scott for his second.

🎥 Watch: Nigel Pearson's post-match interview

Pring time

Pearson told Robins TV: “Cam was excellent tonight, for a lad who hasn't felt part of the club because he's been loaned out, though what we have to say in that is that he has gained lots of experience.

“I spoke to him at the close of last season and he just didn't feel as though he was a part of it. So for him to play his way into contention and for him to get the round of applause that he had in the dressing room after the game from his teammates is testament to what he did tonight - and that is he played a part of a pretty solid team performance and looked a threat going in the outside.

"So with Callum not being available it gives us another option of width and I really like the idea of playing two full-backs on the same side, because it gives them both a licence to get forward. They played well together and did what the team needed.”

Seeing the game out

Reading reduced the deficit again in the second half but City saw out the game in front of 2,178 away fans and Pearson added: “It’s pivotal for the players to be able to see a game out.

"We took a two-goal lead and conceded maybe another avoidable goal and a late one to make it a bit more of a nerve-shredding experience. In the last few minutes, with fatigue setting in, and our experience of conceding late goals before, that does build anxiety within the players and our fans too, so it was a bit nerve-rattling. But we saw it out in the end and that's the most important thing."

Innovative

Weimann and Martin played through the middle and Pearson added: “That just shows you how players can be innovative out in the field. We've not done a lot work on long throws but so what? Tomas decides he's going to produce something different and to get off to a start like that was important for us, to go 2-0 up probably settled people down."

Away support

Pearson saluted the away support, adding: “When we went to 3-2 they were thinking, my God, here we go again, but we share their anxiety and it’s really important for the players to see a game out on it.

"I still get infuriated where we don't go into the corner and shown a bit of gamesmanship but having said, that's a really good win for us and it's important to look at what we did well and what we didn't do well - as you do with all results."

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