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Nigel Pearson rejects claim Bristol City were lucky in smash and grab win away to QPR

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Nigel Pearson praised Bristol City’s ruthless eye in front of goal and rejected a suggestion that his team were lucky in a smash and grab win away to Queens Park Rangers.

Nahki Wells scored in the third minute of added time to earn all three points against his former club at the end of a match in which goalkeeper Daniel Bentley made 10 saves, the majority of them very impressive.

City were second best for long spells and registered only three shots on target – the first being Chris Martin’s opener in the final minute of the opening period – while having only a third of possession.

Yet they were resolute in defence, after Pearson switched the formation to 3-4-1-2, and made the most of their few clear chances versus a home side that may have dominated on the stats sheet but will rue their failure to find a way past the skipper.

“We weren’t lucky, it was two good finishes. You get chances, you’ve got to try and take them. We were pretty ruthless,” he said.

“We came up against very good side today. It took a lot of commitment to come out with a positive result. Not kidding myself. They are a very good side wih a lot of discipline in terms of their options. It wass good to get three points, especially after recent disappointments at home. We’re moving in right direction but most pleasing thing was the collective effort and desire.”

Asked about Bentley’s performance, Pearson added: “He had a difficult end in midweek against Luton but he’s a strong character and made some outstanding saves today. It was a huge effort to come away with three points. Certain players will get headlines but it’s proof you need to have a strong collective effort to come out with a positive result.”

QPR manager Mark Warburton cut a deflated figure at the end. He said: “Stats tell you we dominated, we had an attacking team but we need to be more ruthless. We had chances all around the team. Bentley did very well but we need to be more ruthless in front of goal. They were hanging on for a point. They’d have been happy with a point.”

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