Bristol City made it a glorious three wins in a row in Cardiff on Saturday after Andi Weimann’s double ensured the Robins were victorious in the 77th Severnside Derby.
COVID-19 and the European Super League had not yet been dreamt of, nor was Meghan Markle a member of the royal family the last time that the home side won this fixture.
And when a Dan Bentley own goal occurred in the 59th minute, undoing Bristol City going ahead through Weimann slotting in at the near post in the first half, it looked like the Bluebirds may yet continue their unbeaten start to the new Championship season.
But back roared the Robins and substitute Antoine Semenyo hung up a deep cross, misjudged by Tom Sang, for Weimann to double his and the West Country side’s tally on 70 minutes. The visitors held on to sign off before the international break with two wins from their last two on the road.
Nigel Pearson gave his reaction following the game.
Congratulations on the win. How did you see your team’s performance today?
Yes, it was a good team performance. We knew it was going to be physically a big challenge but we did well.
With Andi Weimann, you’ve always got a chance and two terrific goals from him. He must be a nightmare to play against the way he keeps running at the defence?
I’d imagine so but he, along with Chris Martin, were very efficient today and very effective in the game. That’s what we need from players. I think the players have a little bit of trust in each other now which is really good because we’ve got some good players. We look more like a team than we have all season so far, even though we’re five games in. Our points total doesn’t necessarily reflect the performances that we’ve had.
I’m pleased for the players today particularly.
You brought Nathan Baker in at left back today. How pleased were you with the side’s defending, especially on set pieces?
Well, we needed to be relatively big today. That’s no disrespect to Jay because he’s been very good this season. I thought it was a solid performance all round and a good team performance. The players did what they needed to do.
Two wins from two on the road at the moment. You must be pleased with that and the spirit is a big part of that?
Yes, it is but we’re all aware that we need to rectify our home form. If we play in the fashion we’ve played so far this year, we’ll turn that around. I think today’s result is a very important one for us but it’s just one game. I’m really delighted for the players today.
Just a quick word on Antoine Semenyo because he’s come off the bench and his deep cross that Andi Weimann has volleyed in at the back post. He’s been injured earlier but obviously coming back into it. He’s quite an asset as well, isn’t he?
Yes, he is. We’ve got a decent squad and it’s important that players have an awareness of what they are, what they can bring to a team. My expectations for the subs are the same as they are for the starters – when you’re asked to do a job, do it. They did it today very well.
Andi Weimann’s had such a bad injury last season didn’t he?
Yes, but in the modern day, it’s not the career-threatening injury that it used to be. He’s very, very diligent with how he recovers and he’s incredibly fit. It’s good to have him back and Chris as well – I thought they played very well together.
Has it not surprised you at all how well he’s started the season?
No, not at all. At the end of last year, both of them were very, very close to being in the squad. We just decided, what’s the point in putting them at risk at that point. He looks fresh as a daisy.
He’s got a lot of quality at this level hasn’t he?
Yes, he has. He knows what he’s good at and that’s what it’s about for the players.