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Pearson criticises ‘careless’ Robins

Nigel Pearson criticised a “careless performance” as the Robins were beaten 3-1 at Coventry City and admitted: “We have considerable work to do.”

Goals from Leo Østigård and Matty Godden’s second-half penalty put the Sky Blues in control before Nahki Wells pounced on an error to halve the deficit.

However, the hosts restored their two-goal cushion when Viktor Gyökeres struck late on.

Coventry City were dominant and created more than the Robins as City failed to produced the response that the manager had called for ahead of kick-off after Good Friday’s defeat to Stoke City.

🎥 Watch: Nigel Pearson's post-match assessment

 

Manager Pearson told Robins TV”: “I am exceptionally annoyed, when we are looking for a response, which more than anything would indicate a level of commitment, and I didn’t see it. We have too many individuals with very low personal motivation at the moment and that’s something I really do not accept.

“Today, against a side who are in a very difficult situation, we were totally outplayed and outfought and for me to admit that is not a good thing. We can still get relegated, that’s the reality, and the players are just ticking over at the moment and to have to go to the youngsters to try to get some sort of a response is not what I would expect.”

The team have been criticised for a 'careless' performance

Careless

“It was a very careless performance which makes my mind up on lots of levels. It’s certainly not good enough and I am certainly not going to accept it.

“I expect to see individuals within the framework of the team doing everything they can to perform, full stop. I don’t care what people’s personal circumstances are, it’s about them performing as well as they can at any given time. It’s a situation we need to correct, not just in the short, but in the longer term.

“We need a squad who want to perform for us, wear the shirt with more pride and who won’t tolerate that level of performance from their teammates. It’s not a good day for us.

“We’ve got considerable work to do this week, let me tell you.”

Tommy Conway made his debut

Youngsters

The City manager called on youngsters Sam Pearson and Tommy Conway – the striker earing his club debut – in the second half as he looked for a way back into the game.

He said: “The youngsters who went on at least made a positive impact, but we have too many players at the moment who are under-performing on an individual level and that’s not good for the team.

“I don’t want to damage the young players. I’m not afraid to blood them but I don’t want their careers to be damaged by being involved in an environment which is not positive.”

Nahki Wells scored but it proved in vain

‘Soft’ goals

Pearson also bemoaned Coventry’s first goal after nine minutes and was frustrated as the game went on saying: “Look, how many opportunities have we got to clear the ball. It’s a scruffy goal and we concede too may soft goals.

“The second half was a scrappy affair – it was never going to be a pleasant on the eye experience today. The pitch is difficult but we made too many unenforced errors and that is something we need to change. Maybe we’ll go route one and take the pitch out of the equation!

“Henri Lansbury comes in for quite a bit of criticism from time to time but he was probably the only player on our team who looked capable of manipulating the ball with any kind of control.”

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