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Pearson demands ‘motivation’ and ‘desire’

Nigel Pearson has spoken about what he expects from his squad with 10 games of the Sky Bet Championship season remaining.

The first of those sees the Robins head to Ewood Park for Wednesday night’s fixture with Blackburn Rovers (March 17th, 7.45pm KO), live on Robins TV.

City sit 12th in the league, four points ahead of Rovers as the campaign nears its climax.

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Pearson told Robins TV: “I want to see players who are motivated to win games. If they share that personal motivation it sends a message about their desire to be at the club and play in a team which has healthy competition.

“Those are the things we need to stress and it’s about trying to have that message from everyone at the club. It’s how we have a chance of developing, to set high standards and nudge those up all the time. Having a competitive instinct is very important.”

Pearson added he relishes having a selection headache and with the likes of Callum O’Dowda, Liam Walsh and Marley Watkins all having returned from injury, with Nathan Baker and Tommy Rowe also eyeing minutes in the run-in, he certainly has just that.

Walsh, O’Dowda and Watkins all came off the bench in Saturday’s win 3-0 win over Birmingham City, with O’Dowda scoring with just his second touch to get himself on the scoresheet for the first time this season.

“I like to have selection problems through having players available, not selection problems because people are missing,” Pearson explained. “It’s healthy for us and all three of the subs who got on will benefit not only physically not psychologically for getting back into first team action.

“There was a really good spirit about the game, we were efficient too and that’s important but now it’s about replicating all the good things.”

City go again at Ewood Park after three consecutive away wins in the Championship but Pearson expects it to be a tough evening against a manager in Tony Mowbray who he knows well.

“He is a man I like, he has a lot of integrity and his side will present quite a difficult obstacle for us. They’re in need of points so we’ll have to be ready for a tough battle but again it’s about looking at ourselves and if we put in a performance like we did at the weekend I’ll be happy - it will give us a good chance of winning,” he said.

Blackburn Rovers versus City will be streamed live on Robins TV. The matchday show, which costs just £10, starts at 7.15pm.

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