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MetiNews.Com - Our City writer's considered take on the best away display of the 2020/21 campaign.
Breaking News ! What power does Nigel Pearson possess if a mere visit to the team hotel and a few words can spark Bristol City's best away performance of the season? On par with Stoke City away and the Millwall victory in the FA Cup, this encounter saw City hit the most goals in a game on the road in the league all season, stetching back to their last trip to the Riverside Stadium. The Robins had six shots on target by minute 37, more than they had done for 30 games across all competitions since the 2-2 draw against Barnsley back in mid-October. All this after Pearson had only met the players in the afternoon at the four-star Gisborough Hall Hotel just outside Middlesbrough, introducing himself and explaining what he expected from his new charges. Read More Related Articles Middlesbrough 1-3 Bristol City recap: Diedhiou brace and Wells goal sees Robins to victory As assistant manager Keith Downing explained after the match: "He [Pearson] was introduced to the players this afternoon at the hotel, spoke some wise words and asked them to showcase the ability they have got. The players have responded really well and we have to take that forward." Pearson said some words at half-time too and City then did their own talking on the pitch, taking the three points in convincing fashion, with Neil Warnock scratching his head to explain a 20-minute spell in the first period where his team was blown away. The profigacy of his front three was also remarked upon, as more shots balloned high over the bar than found the target, Dan Bentley only required to make three saves from the 16 efforts at the visitors' goal. "Everybody who watched that game will be thinking exactly the same. How we can have a 20-minute spell like that," said the Boro boss. Presence can have an impact all by itself. Are the City players more motivated knowing that they are playing for their places once again? Perhaps the emotional baggage was let go following a change of manager and fresh start, after seven losses in a row. Maybe football is just some weird unquantifiable game that consistently surprises, with this mad-cap game punctuated by City romping into a three-goal lead within 40 minutes. The Championship is ever an untamed beast. Read More Related Articles 'Formidable' - Bristol City player ratings after another win at Middlesbrough Read More Related Articles Nigel Pearson helps spark Bristol City win over Middlesbrough with 'wise words' If Pearson continues in this manner perhaps Europe in five years really is on. With Bristol City's 40th manager of all time watching on, it was always going to be an audition for the West Country men, taking place at a windy Riverside Stadium on Tuesday evening. City just love this neck of the woods.
. The south west side have now lost just one of the last 10 trips to that part of the north east of England. Tyreeq Bakinson's long-range passing and Kasey Palmer's bursts from midfield were too much for Jonny Howson and Sam Morsey to keep a lid on. The midfield looked to have a fine balance to it: running power, physical strength, guile, technique and even a dash of nous for good measure, as Adam Nagy's industry was put to good use.
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A brave header from Jack Hunt teed up the excellent Hungarian to cross to the far post after just 21 minutes and Diedhiou was there to power home the opener and his 50th goal for the Robins, right in front of his January transfer window admirers who may yet return for him in the summer. And 12 minutes later the Senegalese powerhouse forward had two as Wells unselfishly rolled the ball across for his strike partner to slide home. The visitors' scoring was capped off eight minutes before the break as Diedhiou returned the compliment: heading on for Wells to run the length of Middlesbrough's half, outsprint the chasing defence and coolly finish past Marcus Bettinelli in goal. Finally, City's front pairing had combined. The results of this heady cocktail of air power and ground zip were explosive: Diedhiou and Wells running amok. Thereafter it was all about the defending with skipper Tomas Kalas and Zak Vyner - back in defence - excellent at mastering their duels to repel first Ashley Fletcher, then Chuba Akpom as Fletcher was withdrawn, before Britt Assomabalonga was seen off late on too.
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Hunt and 18-year-old Towler worked hard to keep Nathaniel Mendez-Laing in check, with the academy graduate chasing back to stop Neeskens Kebano from shooting inside the area when well placed. City were seeing off the pressure and also threatening to run through on goal at the other end on occasion too. A late Dael Fry goal, as he converted a Marvin Johnson cross with 10 minutes to go, briefly raised alarm as Warnock's team made the scoreline exactly the same as City's last visit under Dean Holden. But it was not enough and so we roll on to the Pearson era. "I think we need someone to grab hold of this football club by the scruff of the neck and really get it going again," said Paul Simpson ahead of the match. The next weeks will give the new man the very chance to do that but his simple close-quarters gaze may already have started the ball rolling.
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