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Posted Saturday, March 6th 2021

‘Shocked and unexpected’ – Sam Pearson reacts to impressive debut

Sam Pearson thanked manager Nigel Pearson for handing him his City debut against QPR.

The Academy midfielder who has been on the bench 14 times this season – 11 in the league before today – replaced Zak Vyner in the 37th minute of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat.

Despite the result, the Academy midfielder was a positive ball of energy who got stuck into the challenge on his first Sky Bet Championship performance, a little over two years since he first appeared in a City matchday squad; an unused substitute in a 1-0 Emirates FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town. 

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“It’s been a long time coming, I’ve been waiting for it for a while,” the Wales Under-21 international told Robins TV. “I’ve got on unexpectedly in the first half but I’m buzzing to have made my debut. I was on the bench at 17, now I’ve been on this long run and got my opportunity, so I want to thank the Gaffer for putting his trust in me. I’m just buzzing!

“Simmo (Paul Simpson) said go for a jog which I did, then he called me to get ready. I was shocked, it was unexpected!

“You just have to get up to speed but I think I did. I grew into it, got more touches, got past my man. Obviously, it is hard when you’re 2-0 down but I think I did well.”

Pearson’s debut was a positive on an afternoon where Ilias Chair’s 11th minute header and Rob Dickie’s close-range shot in the 22nd minute sealed the win for QPR.

Reflecting on the game, Pearson said: “We knew it would be a hard game, they’re physical and strong but I think the two early goals killed us really. We tried to get back into it but they’re a good side and they did well.”

Despite the result, the Academy graduate revealed words of encouragement from his manager, this being Nigel Pearson’s 500th game as a manager, after the full-time whistle.

He added: “He said to me ‘well done on a decent debut for such a young lad’. I think it’s good to get my debut under such an experienced manager. He’s a great man, he knows a lot about football, and I want to thank him because this means the world to me.”

Next up for City is a trip to Birmingham City next Saturday (March 13th, 3pm KO).

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