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‘We must live up to the name’ – Pearson reflects on Robins High Performance Centre move

City Manager Nigel Pearson has spoken of the excitement after officially moving into their new home at The Robins High Performance Centre ahead of the visit of Stoke City to Ashton Gate on Friday (April 2nd, 3pm KO).

The Robins are aiming to finish the end of the Sky Bet Championship season strong, and Pearson believes his side have been buoyed by the opening of their new state-of-the-art facility.

But he has warned that they must now deliver on the pitch.

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“It’s a really impressive facility,” Pearson told Robins TV. “There has been a lot of excitement around moving into this fantastic place and it’s been good to see the players being excited about it as well.

“Now we have to make sure we match the name and that’s a challenge because it’s been a disappointing season in some ways for us. But now to finally get into our new home gives us the opportunity to go out there and really live up to its name; ‘The High Performance Centre’ and deliver that on the pitch.”

Following the two-week international break, the Robins take on the Potters in BS3 live on Robins TV.

Pearson is wary of the quality possessed within the Stoke squad and he has challenged his side to put in a “solid performance” on their return to action.

Wells and Weimann secured a 2-0 win at Stoke back in September

He said: “They [Stoke] are a decent side. When you look at the squad that they’ve got, they have an awful lot of quality in their ranks.

“It will be another tough game for us, but I tend to look at these situations from our own perspective. We want to put our home form right and we want a good, solid team performance.

“I’m also looking for the players to show me what they’re about individually - we have got players playing for contracts or they’re playing for their place in the side.

“I always think this stage of the season is fascinating because you learn about the desire of players. It’s not just about their ability, it’s about their desire to achieve things for themselves within the framework of the team.”

City have seen a dip in home form over recent months and Pearson is keen to rectify the Robins’ results at Ashton Gate as they bid to finish the 2020/21 season with a “positive feel.”

The Robins High Performance Centre

Pearson said: “It’s a big game for us because we want to finish the season with a positive feel and positive message moving forward.

“We want to win, it’s quite simple. It’s become a problem but it’s important not to overthink it. There is obviously a build of anxiety because we’ve not been able to achieve the types of results we’re looking for.”

He added: “I have to say, the preparation for the last game against Rotherham, in the mood before the game, in the warm-up, in the dressing room – there was nothing to suggest a problem in terms of going out there to perform.

“It’s going to be reliant on teammates during the game, even if players are slightly underperforming themselves, it’s really important we remain focussed collectively and that is what will bring us through this difficult period.”

Supporters can watch Bristol City take on Stoke City at Ashton Gate live on Robins TV, with the matchday show beginning at 2.30pm. Chris Martin will join as a guest pundit and co-commentator.

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