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‘There must be shared accountability’ - Pearson

Nigel Pearson insists there needs to be ‘shared accountability’ after he was left angry and disappointed at Adams Park as Wycombe Wanderers came from behind to secure maximum points.

Tyreeq Bakinson netted his second goal in as many games to give the Robins a half-time lead but Uche Ikpeazu levelled the scores before the hosts were awarded a penalty deep into added time, which Adebayo Akinfenwa converted.

The result means City have gone seven games in the Sky Bet Championship without a win and Pearson insists individual players need to work better as a team unit if results are going to improve in the final three games of the campaign.

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“It was very frustrating because the first half performance was very good, both in terms of dealing with the physical threat but also playing pretty well on not the easiest of surfaces, but I thought we passed the ball pretty well,” Pearson said on reflection.

“But our Achilles heel came into play in the second half and that is an inability collectively to see the job out and there were some individuals out there who just did not do what we needed from them for the team in the second half and that is something I can’t tolerate.

“Solutions need to be found. I am angry. I’m disappointed because some of the players, and I am not tarring everyone with the same brush here, let the team down and that’s something that has to change if we are going to achieve what we want to achieve.

“We can’t do that with players who just do not understand or aren’t able to impact the game in the way the team needs. I am not bothered about what their strengths are, I am not bothered about that, I am bothered about what they do for the team when the team needs them, and we’ve not had enough of that tonight.”

With the Chairboys battling for their place in the division, the game appeared to get away from City in the second period despite some quality moments in the first half - a situation which left Pearson frustrated.

“Again, it comes back to game management in terms of players being able to deal with the situation,” he added. “The game didn’t change in terms of how they played, we just didn’t deal with it in the way we needed to.

“Once the players cross that line there has to be a shared accountability and we don’t always do that and that’s really difficult for me to say because that’s one of the things I insist on in any team I work with - the group ethic has to be there for everyone to see and unfortunately that didn’t happen.

“Players who go missing, the reasons for that, who knows? We can’t move forward as a football club if we don’t have individuals within a team situation which are prepared to do what the club needs and the team needs.

“You give people a chance to change and if they can’t, if they don’t want to accept the chance to change then you have to change them. It’s quite simple.”

Next up for the Robins is a home match against Luton Town on Sunday (April 25th). The game kicks off at 1pm and all the action can be followed on Robins TV from 12.30pm.

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