MX23RW : Saturday, April 17 18:20:44| >> :120:11081:11081:
Feb 27, 2021 at 3pm UK at Liberty Stadium
SwanseaSwansea City
1-3
Bristol CityBristol City
Ayew (55' pen.)
Bidwell (61')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Wells (66'), Palmer (80'), Semenyo (90+7')
Towler (25'), Semenyo (90+10')

Nigel Pearson says Bristol City players deserve "unbelievable" credit

The new boss acknowledged his team struggled to keep in touch with the hosts.

Nigel Pearson hailed Bristol City's fighting spirit after they came from behind to begin his managerial reign with a 3-1 victory over Swansea.

Kasey Palmer came back to haunt his old side after handling in the box to gift the dominant hosts a second-half penalty.

Andre Ayew found the bottom corner for his 10th of the season, but it all unravelled thereafter for Steve Cooper's side.

Nahki Wells levelled 10 minutes later after Zak Vyner robbed Marc Guehi of possession and found the forward with a low cross.

Palmer then put the Robins ahead when his corner looped over the head of Freddie Woodman and found the top corner.

Woodman was at fault again for the third when he was closed down by Antoine Semenyo, who blocked his clearance and tapped the ball in, as  Swansea slipped to their first home league defeat since October.

"Swansea were by far the better side," said Pearson. "They dominated possession and our quality on the ball was poor. We had to work so hard out of possession, and it was a relentless task just to stay in the game.

"But I have to give the players an unbelievable amount of credit. They stuck to their task and put their bodies on their line.

"Let's not kid ourselves, we were second best. I couldn't have had any complaints if we had come in 2-0 or 3-0 down. But that just shows what football is like.

"We felt it was important to change the shape to a 4-5-1 and it allowed us to press them higher up the pitch.

"I've inherited a talented group of young players, but with a team ethic that shines through.

"My mission is to bring positivity and make sure we're in a positive place at the end of the season."

Swansea allowed their promotion rivals to make up ground after their second defeat in three matches, and head coach Cooper was disappointed to see his side waste their dominant start.

He said: "Certainly, the first half, I thought the game should have been done and dusted, two or three goals at least. We didn't take our chances but still managed to start the second half just as well.

"We had complete dominance of the game; it was a completely one-sided affair. We went 1-0 up and we didn't manage going 1-0 up very well, something we've done really well this year so that was unlike us,

"Freddie's made a couple of mistakes for the second and third goals, we know that, but he's been brilliant for us since he's come through the door.

"The first goal is the disappointing one because it was completely against the run of play and it was completely against the message at half-time of not falling for playing through the middle when Bristol City were clearly offering us to the sides."

ID:437091: cacheID:437091:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:4641:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Bournemouth manager Jonathan Woodgate pictured on February 20, 2021
Read Next:
Saturday's Championship predictions including Bournemouth vs. Watford
>

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
FA Cup
Premier League
Copa del Rey
Championship
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Primeira Liga
League One
League Two
National League
National League North
National League South
Scottish Cup
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Norwegian Eliteserien
Swedish Allsvenskan
NIFL Premiership
League of Ireland Premier
Welsh Premier League
Belarusian Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Ligue 2
Eerste Divisie
Major League Soccer
Copa Diego Maradona
Liga MX
AFC Champions League
Australian A-League
J1 League
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich41279565283790
2Watford422410859283182
3Swansea CitySwansea4222101052331976
4Brentford412014771403174
5Bournemouth4120111066402671
6Barnsley412181254441071
7Reading4219101357461167
8Cardiff CityCardiff4216121458461260
9Millwall421417114140159
10Queens Park RangersQPR421611155051-159
11Middlesbrough42169174947257
12Stoke CityStoke421414144546-156
13Luton TownLuton41168173646-1056
14Bristol City42156214156-1551
15Blackburn RoversBlackburn421311185448650
16Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest421213173441-749
17Preston North EndPreston42147214155-1449
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield421211194562-1747
19Coventry CityCoventry411112183756-1945
20Birmingham CityBirmingham411112183150-1945
21Derby CountyDerby421110213148-1743
22Rotherham UnitedRotherham39116224153-1239
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds42119223555-2036
24Wycombe WanderersWycombe42810243266-3434

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!