How Bristol City plan to celebrate the birthday’s of Alex Scott and Nigel Pearson

Alex Scott and Nigel Pearson both celebrated their birthday’s in style with a Severnside Derby victory
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Bristol City’s Severnside Derby win is the only present that Alex Scott and Nigel Pearson need after celebrating their birthdays together.

Scott, who turned 19-years-old today but has already amassed almost a century of appearances for the Robins, played the entirety of the match at wing-back.

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Nigel Pearson meanwhile turned 59 and he was able to mastermind his way past Cardiff City for a second consecutive league win which put the Robins up to seventh, creating a feeling of optimism around Ashton Gate.

First up to speak to the written press was assistant Curtis Fleming, who was filling in for Pearson who had attended with duties with broadcaster Sky Sports instead.

He said: “You know guys from looking at you in your mature years that you try and forget those ones. Alex Scott is telling you that he’s 19 today, so it was more about Alex being 19 than Nige being 59 and Nige is quite happy about that.

“We will have a glass of wine after the game when he gets a minute to celebrate that. I think he is trying to forget it rather than remember it.”

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In addition to the birthday celebrations, Pearson’s trusted side-kick was happy with the performance of the players today.

All of the starting XI and the substitutes that came on were able to give the fans the desired result that they had wanted.

Tommy Conway, another off of the conveyor belt of talent at Ashton Gate opened the scoring before Rob Atkinson, a signing from Oxford United last summer, put his head where it hurts to head home the decisive second goal.

Fleming added: “It was a really good performance. I am really happy for the lads more than anything because it’s wonderful to see young lads put their bodies on the line and working so hard with the fans backing them.

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“It is why we are in the game, it’s a great buzz, when you get days like that you have to enjoy them.”

Back to the birthday celebrations and goalscorer Atkinson said the birthday celebrations may instead be taken into tomorrow with plenty of reasons to celebrate.

Three points on top of their talented teenager and trusted manager means that tomorrow’s training session could see cakes brought in to the High Performance Centre to celebrate.

City’s players aren’t being afforded a break despite their derby heroics as they face a double-game week with a match against Wycombe Wanderers in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.

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But when asked about any plans to celebrate Scott’s birthday, given the camaraderie amongst the first-team squad, Atkinson responded: “I think we have done enough! ‘And what was that’ he was asked shortly after, in which he responded perfectly with: “Well we have won the Severnside Derby!”

“It was an early kick-off so he still has the whole day to spend with his family and the day has started off well.

“Normally it’s his responsibility to bring cakes in for the rest of the team but obviously it wouldn’t be a good thing to do on a game day.

“Maybe tomorrow he can bring some cakes in and we can celebrate together.”

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