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Bristol City manager praises fight as Robins ends hoodoo day with ‘must have’ win

Nigel Pearson was more than happy to win lousy and praised his side for showing courage and determination as Bristol City finally ended their poor form away from home.

It didn’t come without some luck at times with Dan Bentley making an 83rd-minute penalty save to prevent Bradley Dack from opening the scoring from the spot.

Han-Noah Massengo was the culprit, accused of bringing him back into the box, but that counted for nothing when Andi Weimann scored a spectacular last-minute winner to delight the 480 traveling fans.

Captain Bentley made a number of terrific saves throughout the competition, further cementing his position as City’s No.1 goalkeeper, to secure a first away win since October and a first clean sheet since victory over Derby in December.

Speaking after the game, Pearson said: “It was always going to be a tight game and I thought we showed a lot of discipline and we did things today that we haven’t done in a while. , i.e. stay in close matches and you’ll still have a chance of winning.

“Whether we were lucky or not doesn’t matter, we had good chances in the game and created good situations as an away team.

“We won it because we stayed there and we really needed a win. It’s really simple. We’ve been criticized and I’ve been criticized, so when I’m critical, I criticize myself- even and everyone.

“To progress you have to have that as a starting point and I think the players have felt a bit hurt by the criticism when people ask questions if you have the guts and the determination to see things through, that’s not is not a very good thing to hear and they worked hard today.

“I’m going to take bad wins and bad draws, I don’t care but of course I would prefer that we played well and won but what we have to do is combine the art of defending collectively and playing well so we had to mix it up just to give us a bit more protection with a flat three.”

Speaking of Bentley’s performance, Pearson added: “I prefer goalkeepers to not have much to do but what they do well.

“We don’t want the goalkeepers to get the man of the match because they made 10 saves, with shitty defence. Dan didn’t have much to do what he did today, he did well. The penalty save is a key moment in the game, especially with the moment of it.

“We were under a lot of pressure at that point in the game, but we got through it well.”

Pearson even admitted he could afford a ‘wry smile’ as his tactical decision to play Weimann at right-back paid off, with the player appearing at the far post to volley a 17th goal of the season .

“That’s the good thing about Andi, he’ll play where you put him and he always imagines he has a good chance at some point,” he added.

“We’ve played against teams who have done a job of keeping him quiet, so I have a wry smile today – if they’d done some work on that, I don’t know, but he’s doing some work. good job for the team and that’s the most important thing.”

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