Nigel Pearson gives his verdict on Wigan Athletic and Bristol City’s point earned at the DW Stadium
The Robins manager spoke after his team let a lead slip for a third time in three league games, in drawing 1-1 in the north west.
Bristol City clung on for a point as the West Country outfit shared the spoils following their visit to the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Andi Weimann made it four goals in all competitions when he converted Tommy Conway’s low cross on six minutes to give the visitors to Greater Manchester an early lead.
But Leam Richardson’s side equalised on 67 minutes when Will Keane converted from close range following a goal-mouth scramble that arose from
Wigan were perhaps lucky to keep Joe Bennett on the pitch after he appeared to kick out at Joe Williams after a challenge between the two in the first half. The Latics defender was only booked however.
Following the game, manager Nigel Pearson gave his reaction to the result and on another match where the West Country men had been unable to keep the opposition out.
“We had a couple of golden opportunities to score, they put us under pressure and unfortunately we made a mistake defending a set-play and it’s cost us,” said Pearson.
“It’s another frustration because it’s another game where we’ve scored first.
“We didn’t score first against Sunderland but we’d gone ahead so we’ve dropped points from winning positions too often but we’re very thin on the ground with numbers at the minute.
“We’ll have to see how Rob [Atkinson] is. It’s frustrating because there were elements of our play today that was really good but fair play to them.
“You can see that they’ve had a squad together for a while and they play their own way. It’s a bit direct but they certainly ask questions of you,” he said.
Rob Atkinson was withdrawn with a knock after an hour and the Robins will have to assess their defender with Luton Town arriving at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night next.
Pearson, meanwhile, was keen to highlight the positives for his side, which included one of the youngest players catching the eye and one of the summer signings settling nicely.
“I thought Mark Sykes was excellent again today,” said Pearson. “He’s making the transition [from League One], not look easy, but he’s done well in all of our games.
“Fair play to him and he put a great ball into Tommy [Conway] as well.
“Tommy will be beating himself up abaout that one. Yeah, a tough day,” he added, referencing Conway’s first start of the season where the 19-year-old added an assist - setting up Weimann - to two goals in the EFL Cup in midweek.
Pearson dismissed the home side’s pressure in the second half as being in ineffective areas for the most part and was unhappy that Bennett had not seen red earlier in the match: “We’re getting sick and tired of the poor decisions that come our way.”