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Pearson pleased with the response

Nigel Pearson was pleased with the response of his players as 10-men City battled back to earn a point at Hillsborough.

Tyreeq Bakinson’s 87th-minute drive from distance nestled into the bottom corner to cancel out Julian Börner’s early opener.

But Henri Lansbury’s debatable dismissal for handball – replays showed the ball struck the crossbar instead of his hand as he jumped to deny Callum Paterson’s shot – made it a difficult task in South Yorkshire.

However, Sheffield Wednesday would come to rue their penalty miss as Dan Bentley denied Barry Bannan, and the relegation-contenders suffered a late setback when Bakinson fired the Robins level.

 

Praising the response

"Yes [it was] a tough game," Pearson explained to Robins TV. "Circumstances were unfortunate because, having seen the penalty back and spoken to H (Lansbury) himself, it was an uphill struggle for us. The players’ response in how they approached it was very encouraging.

"We keep giving away these soft goals and players not dealing with their own marker has been a recurring problem for us.

"I’ve said in some interviews before that people have questioned our commitment as well. That’s never an easy thing to hear or deal with but today the collective answer we gave was a positive one. There were more positives than negatives today and I thought we played pretty well, we managed the ball much better than we have done."

Bentley makes a low save to deny Bannan from the penalty spot

Dan Bentley's performance

Pearson added: "He made some really good decisions: he came for crosses and made some really good decisions with some effective punches and they are key moments in games because the defenders can’t always keep the ball out of the box in the way we would like to. He was very good, calm and they key moments were positives in his performance. His distribution was also very good too."

 

Bakinson netted his third goal of the campaign at Hillsborough

Bakinson catches the eye

"Tyreeq is a complex lad," he continued. "He’s still learning his trade but today gave you an example of what he is capable of doing. We think he can be better still, by adding physicality to his game, running with high intensity and he had to do that today. You can’t not do that with ten men and both he and Han-Nah (Massengo) were very effective out there - that’s the benchmark."

Substitutes’ impact

Pearson made a triple substitution after 56 minutes with Saikou Janneh, Steven Sessegnon and Nahki Wells replacing Antoine Semenyo, Famara Diédhiou and Sam Pearson.

"We talked at half-time about maybe getting to the hour but it became clear players were running out of energy," Pearson said. "Front players had to work very hard for the team defensively too, so it goes without saying that those changes would be needed. We worked in the week on playing with two full-backs either side to give us more attacking flair. I thought the substitutes contributed well to the team, they understood the situation and tried to deliver but it was never going to be easy for us."

Pearson chats to Mark Ashton ahead of kick-off

Returning to Hillsborough

"There’s a sadness in terms of the club’s situation because it’s always a nostalgic feel when I come here, Pearson explained. "We got changed on the other side of the pitch and it was my matchday ritual as a player to come in from there and walk around or over the pitch, so I still have a lot of fondness for the club. It’s a difficult situation for them but my job is with Bristol City."

Pearson's side return to action on Wednesday evening (April 21st) when they travel to face Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park. Kick-off is at 7pm with all the action available from 6.30pm on Robins TV.

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