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Pearson reflects on Cherries defeat

Nigel Pearson praised City’s commitment and application but admitted his disappointment at conceding at the end of each half in a 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth.

The manager saw City go ahead in the 38th minute through Tyreeq Bakinson’s looping header start but a Dan Bentley own goal after he failed to hold on to a Junior Stanislas effort saw the Cherries level at half-time before Cameron Carter-Vickers got the vital winning touch following an 88th-minute corner.

Pearson told Robins TV: “I think we have shown a lot of the qualities we are looking for and we played some good football but I don’t like conceding late goals. It’s unfortunate that the goals we conceded, when we reflect on them, are a mistake and through a lack of concentration. I don’t have too many complaints about the application, it’s just detail.

“Yes, I am disappointed with the result, especially about the two goals we conceded, but it happens and now it’s about recovering and being ready for the next game.

“There are lots of positives from the performance but the result is a disappointment and we have to learn quickly from it. As I’ve said to the players they have shown a lot of qualities that really do impress me in terms of our desire to make our opponents work hard both in defensive and attacking situations.

“But losing at home to a late goal from a set-play is not something I’m too pleased about.”

Bakinson headed City in front

Hard work and discipline

“We had to work hard to get into the game tonight because Bournemouth started particularly well. It’s not always easy to stay in the game with a good shape when you play against a side who move it so well but we showed quite a lot of discipline,” added Pearson.

“It’s disappointing but I am also very realistic about the situation. I know that in the three games that I have been a part of here there have been lots of positive aspects and commitment and quite a bit of quality as well.”

Bentley was frustrated when his unfortunate own goal pulled Bournemouth level

Dan Bentley

Bentley, so many times City’s match-saving hero this season, uncharacteristically failed to catch Junior Stanislas’ whipped in cross and parried the ball into his own net as the Cherries equalised just before the break.

Pearson said: “The ball seemed to be moving a lot in the air when there was pace on it and I think there were quite a few situations out there where players were struggling to judge the flight of it, but I don’t need to tell him it’s a mistake.

“Dan would deal with that most times so I don’t need to tell a player whose contribution has been very, very positive that he has made a mistake – he knows that himself – but that’s life.”

Hunt took a knock

Jack Hunt substitution

City had to replace Jack Hunt with Henri Lansbury after 50 minutes and Pearson explained: “Jack got a knock on the head, he seemed fine but it was a situation where he wasn’t confident with it.

“Zak Vyner went back to right-back because I didn’t really want to change the middle of the pitch with Mapps and Thomas who had dealt with their threat very well. It was a case of re-jigging things. Henri came on and I thought he showed a lot of experience and got to the pace of the game pretty well, so there are always positives to come out of these situations.”

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