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Pearson demands repeat ‘motivation and drive’

Nigel Pearson was pleased with the togetherness shown by his players at Sheffield Wednesday as he looks for similar “motivation and drive” when his side head to Wycombe Wanderers on Wednesday (April 21st, 7pm KO).

That togetherness on the pitch at Hillsborough was pleasing for Pearson, who felt it helped the younger players take to the occasion.

The squad battled to the end with ten men, following Henri Lansbury’s sending off, and were thankful to Tyreeq Bakinson whose long-range effort in the 87th minute earned the Robins a point in the 1-1 draw.

Pearson told Robins TV: “I’ve said before when you give young players an opportunity, it helps if the senior players are able to help them on the pitch. It felt like that on Saturday with the circumstances of the game, there was a togetherness on the field and for younger players coming on they are under less threat.

“That’s another positive thing and coming out of what could have been a difficult afternoon, the players came out of it with a bit of credit which is good. Now we play Wycombe who are in a tough situation and they’ve played alright. As Swansea found out, it’s not an easy place to go so we have to make sure our commitment is on the same levels as we showed on Saturday, hopefully with 11 men this time.”

Saturday saw Saikou Janneh handed his debut by Pearson, and the City manager praised the young striker as he explained how “using a bit of experience and having a gut feeling,” meant he knew the 21-year-old was ready to take part.

“The game at the weekend, we felt we would need to change the front three together to give us some sort of impetus and get the energy levels right and Saikou fits that profile very well. And also, he’s quite relaxed and an unfazed individual so temperament wise it wasn’t too big a risk.”

And Pearson has confirmed there are no new injuries following Saturday’s match. “I’m not ruling out making changes if they’re beneficial for the team, so we’ll see,” he said. “I really do want to see the same level of motivation and drive and hopefully get back to winning ways.”

Wycombe versus City at Adams Park kicks off at 7pm, with the Robins TV matchday show streaming beginning at 6.30pm.

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