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BATTLING BLUES: Nigel Pearson hopeful his side can outfox struggling Birmingham City

 

Despite a winning start to life at Ashton Gate, new manager Nigel Pearson has seen his side lose two games on the bounce ahead of their next match against Birmingham City.

The Robins travel to St. Andrews on Saturday to take on a Birmingham side who are fighting for their Championship lives under Aitor Karanka.

Pearson can rest assured this may not be one of his sides’ most difficult technical tasks this season as the opposition boast the worst home form in the league but the Blues will be looking to exploit Pearson's men from set plays. 

A late play-off push looks very unlikely for City who are now 13 points adrift of 6th place Barnsley, but Pearson will want to pick up some momentum as he looks beyond the current season.

 

Difficult Opponent

 

The Robins manager addressed plenty in his pre-match conference and discussed City’s lack of clean sheets with Bristol Live; “I don't think now is the time for me to be looking back historically at what's happened so far this season.

“Winning games is the most important thing. Not losing is also very important but you look at that statistic and we've won a good number of games, but we haven't drawn enough.

“They're a physical side. Relatively direct. They make the most of set-plays, so we've got to be much better than we have been on dealing with those. They are fighting for their Championship status. It'll be a tough game.

"We need to go there understanding how we best go about winning the game, that's what we'll be trying to do."


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