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Pearson explains motivation key to overcoming Owls

Nigel Pearson says City must show “enthusiasm and desire” when they take to the pitch at Hillsborough against a side battling for Sky Bet Championship survival.

City are back on the road to face Sheffield Wednesday in South Yorkshire this weekend (April 17th, 12.30pm KO, live on Robins TV) and Pearson expects an improvement from their last away game – a 3-1 defeat away to Coventry City.

Like the Sky Blues, Wednesday are competing to get away from the drop though their task is arguably harder with Rotherham United ahead of the Owls by four points and with three games in hand.

City Manager Pearson explained his team must go out on to the pitch “in the correct manner”.

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“Against Coventry we became unstuck because we weren’t driven enough on the day and it has to be a collective effort,” he told Robins TV.

“I know Darren (Moore) really well from my days at West Brom when he played. He’s a good guy and a determined man as well so I don’t expect this to be anything other than a tough game.

“Darren has good players, they’ve had a tough year after a points deduction which has made it difficult for them, and on top of that they’ve had manager changes. That’s compiled some of the disappointment and made it physiologically a difficult season for them but I fully expect a Darren Moore side to be a tough team to play against and we have to go about it in the correct manner for us. We have our own motivations to win the game.”

City head into this fixture, the first of their final five of the season, off the back of Saturday’s 0-0 home draw with Nottingham Forest. It was a result which ended the Robins’ losing streak in BS3 and provides a footing to build on.

Pearson said: “After last weekend’s game there is a relatively positive feel, but the important thing is we strive to get performances right. We’ve been inconsistent this season, yes we’ve struggled with players’ availability but it’s one of those things so we have get on with. I want us to play with enthusiasm and desire and if you do that, you have the best chance of bringing your best game to the pitch.

“We have games people will think are more winnable, but I know all these games between now and the end of the season are very much dependent on how we go about it ourselves and that’s the key factor.”

This Saturday also sees Pearson return to Hillsborough after his seven years with the Owls as a player between 1987 to 1994.

But there is nothing sentimental about his return to familiar ground as the City manager keeps his “professional hat on.”

He said: “I don’t get sentimental about returning in a professional sense, because I have a job to do. Having said that, Sheffield Wednesday was a big part of my life and it continues to be a part of my family’s life with my kids being Wednesday fans. I spent seven years there, a big chunk of my playing career but I always go back there with my professional hat on – that’s just the way it is.”

Sheffield Wednesday v City will be streamed live on Robins TV with the Matchday Show starting at 12pm.

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