‘Frustrating’ - What Nigel Pearson said about Bristol City draw with Coventry

Nigel Pearson gave his immediate post-match thoughts after Bristol City’s goalless draw with Coventry City.

<p>Bristol City failed to score for the first time in a match this season. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)</p>

Bristol City failed to score for the first time in a match this season. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Nigel Pearson described Bristol City’s performance as ‘a bit of a mixed bag’ following their 0-0 stalemate against Coventry City at Ashton Gate on Tuesday.

The result ended the Robins’ run of three consecutive defeats, however, it was the first time that Pearson’s side have failed to score this season.

Despite the draw, Pearson’s side moved to 11th, while the Sky Blues remain bottom.

The 59-year-old, though, was relatively happy with what he saw: “We’ve given an honest performance tonight, I think the players have worked exceptionally hard,” he said to BBC Radio Bristol.

We’ve asked questions of them, and they’ve stood firm too so fair play.”

“A bit of a mixed bag. You could see that we’ve not won games recently, there were some nervy decisions. We stuck at it well, we created a lot of crossing situations but probably not today the number of clear-cut chances we normally do, so yeah, a bit frustrating.

“But that is the first time that we haven’t scored this season, so it was doubly important that we kept a clean sheet.”

The Robins largely dominated proceedings, but a resolute defensive performance from the Sky Blues saw the home side struggle to create any clear-cut chances.

“They defend with a back five and then the midfield right in front, so they made it difficult to create easy chances, but we still got in there a lot,” Pearson said.

“It’s another point on the board, it’s not what we want from the two home games, just one point, but that’s sometimes what you get.

“Let’s be honest, we knocked on the door enough, we just couldn’t find a way in today. Sometimes, no matter whether we’ve played fantastically well or not very well, sometimes you get those situations.”