Peterborough manager’s positive assessment of Bristol City and Nigel Pearson

Grant McCann, who will be in the opposition dugout at Ashton Gate, said of his respect for the Bristol City boss and his team
Grant McCann was complimentary of Bristol City ahead of the meeting at Ashton Gate. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)Grant McCann was complimentary of Bristol City ahead of the meeting at Ashton Gate. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
Grant McCann was complimentary of Bristol City ahead of the meeting at Ashton Gate. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Peterborough manager Grant McCann has spoken highly of Bristol City ahead of his side’s trip to Ashton Gate.

The 41-year-old is coming up against the Robins for the second time this season after previously managing Hull City at the MKM Stadium.

McCann, who has managed in the Championship for a number of years, highlighted the prolific attack trio of Antoine Semenyo, Andi Weimann and Chris Martin, of where they can hurt his side.

He said: “Every team seems to have good forwards in the Championship. If you think of Chris Martin, Nahki Wells and Andreas Weimann, the list goes on. They are strong in that area of the pitch.

“We’re going to have to be defensively strong and sound and to deal with a lot of the problems that they are going to try and set to us. But we’ve got to make sure we carry a threat at the other end. We’ve got to focus on our own game and making sure we get the game plan right and getting the result.”

Consistency has been a major issue for City this season, who have been unable to put together two consecutive wins.

As a result, they sit in 19th place, though they are 15 points clear of the drop zone and their place in the division is all but secure.

Tasked with navigating the club through a tricky period off the pitch whilst staying focused on it is Nigel Pearson, who has been in charge for just over a year.

Given McCann’s experience both as a player and manager in the Championship, he has expressed his mutual respect for his opposition manager.

“They’re a little up and down,” McCann said. Nigel is a great guy. I’ve got a lot of time for Nigel. Particularly when we played at Hull. He came into the office after the game, he is a lovely man.

“It’s another Championship team with great experience with real quality all through it. The division is that tough and tight, that a few wins and you can get yourself up the league.

“It’s another challenge for us that we’re looking to meet head on, and to see if we can cause a few surprises but it’s a tough game again.”