Nigel Pearson is looking for ‘motivation and drive’ from his Bristol City side as they travel to Wycombe Wanderers on Wednesday night.
The Robins boss was pleased with the togetherness his side showed against Sheffield Wednesday on the weekend as they drew 1-1 with ten men.
City battled to the end with a man less than the opposition after Henri Lansbury was sent off. They were rewarded when Tyreeq Bakinson’s long range effort three minutes from time found the back of the net to earn them a point.
That togetherness at Hillsborough was pleasing for the Robins boss, who felt it helped the younger players take to the occasion.
“I’ve said before when you give young players an opportunity, it helps if the senior players are able to help them on the pitch,” Pearson told Robins TV.
“It felt like that on Saturday with the circumstances of the game, there was a togetherness on the field and for younger players coming on they are under less threat.
“That’s another positive thing and coming out of what could have been a difficult afternoon, the players came out of it with a bit of credit which is good. Now we play Wycombe who are in a tough situation and they’ve played alright.
“As Swansea found it, it’s not an easy place to go so we have to make sure our commitment is on the same levels as we showed on Saturday, hopefully with 11 men this time.”
Pearson handed Saikou Janneh his debut on Saturday, and the Bristol City manager praised the young striker as he explained how ‘using a bit of experience and having a gut feeling’ meant he knew the 21-year-old was ready to play his part.
“The game at the weekend, we felt we would need to change the front three together to give us some sort of impetus and get the energy levels right and Saikou fits that profile very well,” added Pearson.
“And also, he’s quite relaxed and an unfazed individual so temperament wise it wasn’t too big a risk.”