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‘We’ll put our home form right’ – Pearson

Nigel Pearson has vowed to find the solution as his side look to improve their home form.

The Robins suffered their sixth consecutive loss in BS3 as Rotherham United ran out 2-0 winners on Saturday but Pearson felt his side competed well against physical opponents.

The Robins manager insists his team must “learn to win in different ways” as he rued individual errors on the day.

Watch: Pearson assesses defeat

 

Pearson told Robins TV: “I think one of the difficulties is having to deal with another disappointment at home. I really had a good feeling for today, not just because our preparation was good but the players seemed to have a very optimistic approach to this game.

“We knew what to expect from Rotherham and, in honesty, I felt we dealt with their direct approach pretty comfortably in the first half.

“You can’t account for individual mistakes which change the complexion of the game, so I felt today, in the first half, we needed to be more clinical in both boxes. We had some good opportunities to create more in a very physical, challenging game but they scored out of nothing.

“Then, in the second half, there was a sense of impatience at times to rectify things. That’s where we have to be better as a team, in terms of being able to deal with setbacks. We will improve. I don’t feel this anxiety that people want to talk about, we clearly have some sort of a problem to solve but I wouldn’t necessarily point to anything that was obvious in the preparation.

“In the longer term it’s something we have to put right and I, like everyone else, miss having our own fans in the stadium, so we look forward to that. In the meantime, it’s important our attitude and goals are to finish with positivity. Results like today don’t help but we’ll find the solutions.”

Tomas Kalas (hip) and Callum O’Dowda (hamstring) were forced off in the 25th and 88th minutes. Captain Kalas landed awkwardly in the first half and was replaced by Zak Vyner, while O’Dowda left the field in the 88th minute and will miss the Republic of Ireland's squad for the upcoming FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifying matches against Serbia, Luxembourg and Qatar.

Pearson said: “It happens, we deal with it regardless of what I think about that sort of situation. I don’t ever want to look for excuses, it’s part and parcel of the modern game and it was a very physical game from both sides as well, they knew they were in a tough scrap.

“I thought we competed very well against a side who are far bigger and physical than us, but I don’t see it as looking for excuses. You have to learn to win in different ways and for us at home we can’t find the way to win but we will.”

Pearson also touched on his first six games in charge of the Robins continuing: “I’m disappointed we’ve not won more games of course. My view on taking positions at football clubs is always about problem solving and finding solutions. I don’t think about my own situation, I think about it in terms of where we are and how we move from A to B to find more success.

“I’m very ambitious and I know the club is also. We have to use the rest of this season to formulate the plan for the future. I’ve had tremendous support from everyone at the football club. I’ve spoken with Steve and Jon (Lansdown) on a few occasions, Mark Ashton has been absolutely fantastic - the support he has given me has been outstanding.

“I’m really looking forward to how we plan the next chapter.”

City return to action at home against Stoke City on Good Friday (April 2nd, 3pm KO), live on Robins TV.

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