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Pearson hits 500 mark – with eyes only on The Rs

Nigel Pearson will take charge of his 500th game as a manager for City’s Sky Bet Championship fixture versus QPR on Saturday (March 6th, 3pm KO).

He’s hoping it will be a day of celebrations for one thing though - to steer the Robins to three after late disappointment meant AFC Bournemouth secured a 2-1 win in BS3 on Wednesday night.

The experienced Pearson, who twice won promotion with Leicester City and took them to the Premier League, now only has his mind on how his Robins side can bounce back.

 

“The next target is trying to win this game,” he told Robins TV. “[Cardiff City boss] Mick McCarthy is hitting 1,000! I just think of it as a number that’s ticked off but I just want to win the game for our reasons.

“I recognise it and it’s been a very interesting journey. At one point I didn’t think I would manage, so to stand here I’m certainly a different style than I was at the start but I’m quite a bit older as well.”

He goes into the next fixture three days after the Bournemouth match, which was a night where the performance far from warranted the result. Now the squad get ready to go again for the visit of QPR to Ashton Gate.

Pearson said: “Regardless of how people view our season so far, I’ve seen a really good attitude and application. We just need to build on that and good results obviously help confidence. As I keep saying, I’m looking for the performance to be right and if we get that right we always have a realistic chance of winning games because we have the qualities.”

The City manager also discussed recovery and the focus between games, which continue to come thick and fast, and his focus on the positives from Wednesday.

He said: “Recovery strategies are very important of course from a physical element but the players are used to the quick turnaround. We just have to make sure our preparation is as good as it can be in term of how we approach the game as a tactical battle and making sure our players feel good about themselves and that’s the most important thing.”

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“I really want us to concentrate on ourselves and continue to strive to get our performance right. I look at the Bournemouth game and the disappointment is the result in the way we conceded the two goals but there were so many positive aspects to that performance as well.”

City v QPR will be streamed live on Robins TV, with matchday coverage starting at 2.30pm.

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