Banner image

Author

James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Monday, August 2nd 2021

Pearson pleased as City complete pre-season

Nigel Pearson is looking forward to a positive start to the new season with supporters set to pack out Ashton Gate on Saturday.

The visit of Aston Villa to BS3 at the weekend gone wrapped up City’s pre-season schedule and the Robins manager is pleased with how the last few weeks have panned out.

It’s been a gruelling period of fitness, tactical work and game preparation, with six tests against opposition in-between a five-day training camp at Loughborough University.

City suffered defeat to Villa on Saturday, despite a strong second half display and three penalty appeals all waved away. Fans were back too and now City have a week to continue their preparations ahead of the Championship opener against newly-promoted Blackpool.

Watch: Nigel Pearson in Robins TV

Reflecting on the Villa match, Pearson felt there was plenty of encouragement as he told Robins TV: “Generally speaking - as I’ve told the players - we’ve had a good preseason: our fitness levels are good, the minutes in the players are pretty even and we know where the players are at.

“I thought, playing against a Premier League side, that they were better in both boxes, we were a bit tentative in the first half so it wasn’t the afternoon we wanted. In the second half there were some positives but again we’ve created opportunities but not put them away and we’ve been punished. That’s the gulf between the two divisions (the Premier League and the Championship).”

A total of 7,589 City supporters took their seats to watch the match, the first game at Ashton Gate to be played with supporters since March 2020. For Pearson, it was a welcomed return to normality.

“Next week it’s about creating an atmosphere here. It was really good to get the fans in today and hopefully next week there will be a really big crowd. It’s about getting the campaign off to a positive start next week.

“It was really good to get the matchday feel back. Even when you arrive to have people outside getting ready for the game it brings us back into the mode of what a matchday should feel like. It was a good run out for us, it helps individuals to focus on where they need to be in games, there were good things today but it's disappointing to conceded three goals in the fashion we did.

“They were not avoidable but soft goals to concede. It would have been nice to get something at the other end.”

He added: “We need to always be at our best in games. Whether we gave them too much respect or waited to see how it panned out, but we weren’t on the front foot for long enough periods today.”

City v Blackpool kicks off the 2021/22 campaign next Saturday (August 7th, 3pm KO). Match tickets are still available.

Secure your seat

Latest News

Win big at half time with the 50/50 Matchday Draw!

Win big at half time with the 50/50 Matchday Draw!

Posted: Monday, September 20th 2021

Peterborough away tickets go on sale

Peterborough away tickets go on sale

Posted: Monday, September 20th 2021

📸 Fans Gallery and Full Time Scenes – thank you for your support

📸 Fans Gallery and Full Time Scenes – thank you for your support

Posted: Sunday, September 19th 2021

🎥 Highlights: QPR 1-2 Bristol City

🎥 Highlights: QPR 1-2 Bristol City

Posted: Sunday, September 19th 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

It has been a very physically demanding weekend - Kapoulas
Basketball icon

It has been a very physically demanding weekend - Kapoulas

Coach K's thoughts after the pre-season tournament in Cheshire.

Posted: Sunday, September 19th 2021 • Basketball

Highlights: Bristol Bears 9-26 Saracens
Rugby icon

Highlights: Bristol Bears 9-26 Saracens

Seven penalties from the boot of Alex Lozowski and Alex Lewington's late try condemned the Bears to an opening day defeat to Saracens at Ashton Gate.

Posted: Sunday, September 19th 2021 • Rugby

A very valuable experience - Kapoulas
Basketball icon

A very valuable experience - Kapoulas

Coach Kapoulas after day one of the pre-season tournament.

Posted: Saturday, September 18th 2021 • Basketball

Report: Bristol Bears Women 115-0 DMP Durham Sharks
Rugby icon

Report: Bristol Bears Women 115-0 DMP Durham Sharks

Bristol Bears Women racked up a century of points against DMP Durham Sharks, scoring nineteen tries at Shaftesbury Park.

Posted: Saturday, September 18th 2021 • Rugby

Report: Bristol Bears 9-26 Saracens
Rugby icon

Report: Bristol Bears 9-26 Saracens

Seven penalties from the boot of Alex Lozowski and Alex Lewington's late try condemned the Bears to an opening day defeat to Saracens at Ashton Gate.

Posted: Friday, September 17th 2021 • Rugby