The Gaffer's Words.

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  1. wizered

    wizered Ol' Mucker
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    Every word from Nigel Pearson on Bristol City draw with Nottingham Forest and Mark Ashton
    The manager gives his verdict on a point won in BS3 after 0-0 draw with Chris Hughton's side.

    Nigel, you must be relieved to have got the response that you wanted?
    Relief is a word which you are right to use. Enduring the run that we’ve been on has been really tough. You can’t get away from the statistics.

    One goal in eight games is not easy to come to terms with. However, after last week’s result and performance, the key thing today was to try and get a performance which at least illustrates togetherness. That was evident today. Small steps.

    It’s a point, which stops what has been a really difficult run. We need now to finish the season as best we can.

    You spoke about Massengo the other day setting an example, he was all over the place again today.
    He was again very, very good. Very, very good. I thought Henri alongside him helped him out with his experience. Henri has been playing with an Achilles problem but showed a lot of commitment today too.

    There are some good things.

    Should you have had a penalty?
    Well, it doesn’t matter now. I don’t really want to go down that route but who knows. You have to make your own luck.

    The main thing today was a performance to show the supporters that the team are really playing their hearts out for Bristol City. That looked the case today?
    It was a tough game in the sense of the physchological aspects, dealing with the pressure of the situation, dealing with the home record we’ve got at the moment.

    That can weigh quite heavily, and also the criticism that’s come our way too. It’s very important to answer those questions of commitment. Although it wasn’t a polished performance by any means, there was a lot of honesty about it.

    In the second half, we played with more control. On another day we get a better result, but it’s a clean sheet, it’s halted a very unenviable run of games at home. We’re also not kidding ourselves.

    There’s plenty of work to be done both this season, and moving forwards. That’s how it is. I thought the players showed a lot of togetherness today, which is important.

    I asked for the background crowd noise to be turned off. I didn’t want to hear it, I wanted to hear the players on the pitch.

    The substitutes, the staff, and those who weren’t involved were very, very vocal and supportive of the teammates. Likewise, those on the pitch showed the right response in that regard too.

    That’s very interesting, when did you ask for it to be turned off?
    It was getting on my nerves halfway through the first half. I don’t really want it.

    Did you ask for it to be turned off at half-time?
    No, I asked during the first half and it was turned off.

    The players seemed to be very vocal with each other today, I suppose it helped that we could hear them.
    Yes, well maybe it’s because of the background noise normally. I don’t know.

    It’s something that I would expect.

    The sound is weird, I don’t like it myself even on TV.
    It's a personal choice isn’t it, let’s be honest. Do you like comedy shows with canned laughter?

    It looked from my angle like you kissed Antoine on the forehead when he went off?
    That’s not allowed with COVID protocols. I think you must have been steamed up. He had a nasty fall, landed on his neck.

    We had to finish with ten men just because we’d used all of our opportunities to make changes at times where we felt changes needed to be made.

    I felt out players dealt with running the game out with ten men pretty well.

    Did Danny Simpson over-stretch?
    He’s just got cramp. You have to factor in that he’s not had a lot of football this season. He shows a lot of game understanding, he can affect players around him.

    That’s good, we need it at the moment.

    Just on two of the guys not on the team sheet today, Taylor Moore and Marley Watkins, they just seem to have disappeared?
    Well, they’re injured.

    Long-term ones or might they be back soon?
    I don’t know if you remember, but Taylor got injured on a Friday in a training session. We did talk about this. I’ll remind you, we did talk about this.

    He twisted his ankle and he’s making really good progress. Whether he’ll be involved between now and the end of the season I don’t know. We’ll see, but that’s the only reason. Watkins went on as a sub and pulled his groin.

    We won’t be seeing him again this season.

    In the week there’s been some speculation surrounding Mark Ashton and the vacant CEO role at Ipswich Town. Has he mentioned anything at all to you?

    If he has then I’m not going to talk to you about it am I!

    In the nicest possible way. Look, it’s not really my place to ask him things like that.

    All I can say is that we have a really good working relationship, and if there is something in it then I’m not aware of it officially being the case.

    We’ll have to wait and see, won’t we?

    Have the board asked you anything in regards to planning ahead for next season?
    Look, I will try and explain how it looks to me. That is that I’m working as if I’m here next season, so the way that I work, regardless of whether my contracts until the end of May or if it's three years, I still work in the same way.

    The simple answer is that I’ve been doing that since the first day I was here. Working towards the future, because whether it’s me or somebody else it doesn’t matter. There are things that need addressing, so we will address them.

    I’m not a believer in either thinking or working in a short-term manner. Obviously, there are short-term priorities such as dealing with the situation that we have on the field.

    You have to look at it from every perspective in this kind of job.

    How did you feel Sam Pearson did on his first Championship start? I thought he looked quite lively?
    Again, he grew into the game. He’s had some good cameos, or he’s had a good cameo appearance for us so far.

    All it illustrates is to make that transition to being a starter, it can be a more difficult challenge but I thought he did well for the team. I thought he worked very, very hard. In the second half, he had a bit more of a positive influence.

    Some of our younger players’ contributions during times of need, and we have really needed extra bodies, they’ve done well. Sam’s a very driven young man who I think will have a very good career. He’s done okay today.
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  2. wizered

    wizered Ol' Mucker
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    A totally different way of explaining than LJ used, the quickest way to travel between points A and B, juat plain basic English with a little bit of a sting.
     
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  3. oneforthebristolcity

    oneforthebristolcity Well-Known Member

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    Maybe it's how the questions are asked....which were also straight and in plain English.....
     
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  4. wizered

    wizered Ol' Mucker
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    I do agree, good answers to fair questions.
     
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  5. invermeremike

    invermeremike Well-Known Member

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    How nice to hear the words of our manager without all the guff and waffle.
     
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  6. Red Robin

    Red Robin Well-Known Member

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    Straight to the point no waffle refreshing
     
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