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Pearson - 'We showed a collective spirit'

Nigel Pearson was pleased with the collective spirit that his team showed to end their Ashton Gate losing run.

The Robins gave a committed performance to earn a 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest and Manager Pearson reflected on how his team had handled the pressure of going into the match on the back of seven home defeats.

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Collective spirit

After a week when City talked about pressing the reset button, Pearson told Robins TV: “I think it tells you a bit about ourselves and where we are at the minute - to be really pleased to get a 0-0 draw.

“What I did like about how we approached it was that there was a collective spirit. We could hear the lads on the bench and the players who weren’t involved and it was important to show a togetherness and the players did that.

“It was a tough game for the players to go out and play with any fluidity because of the build up in pressure to change our fortunes at home, so it was a mixed bag in terms of the quality. But I think the second-half performance was much more positive. We had better control of the ball and created some chances for ourselves.”

Digging in

City played the last 10 minutes with a man down after losing Antoine Semenyo to a neck injury and Pearson added: “To finish with 10 men, because we had to, and to show that positive intent - that’s what I like to talk about.

"It’s not always about getting a really polished performance. The problems we have had at home in terms of getting results has made it more difficult to get those types of performances but we keep working and that’s the most important thing for me.”

Young guns

Sam Pearson made his first Robins start, while Tommy Conway made his Ashton Gate debut and Han-Noah Massengo was a ball of energy.

“I was really pleased with the youngsters who continue to show themselves to be talented but I also thought that some of the senior boys were very visible,” continued Pearson.

“It was a different shape today but we had to try something different and to have two up top as well gave us a different dimension up front. The good thing is we have at least managed to produce a relatively positive outcome for us.”

City’s next game is at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, April 17th, live on Robins TV.

The scheduled 3pm kick-off will be changed as a mark of respect to avoid a clash with the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. A new kick-off time will be advised.

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