Nigel Pearson has slammed his Bristol City team as Preston North End look for a result at Ashton Gate on Wednesday night.

North End claimed a big away win on Saturday afternoon, beating promotion-chasing Norwich City 3-2 at Carrow Road.

That made it two wins in a row for Preston and the hunt for number three is now on.

Preston head to Bristol City on Wednesday night, with Ashton Gate a fairly happy hunting ground in years gone by.

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Just as Preston find two wins, Bristol City’s form has taken a real dip.

The Robins made a great start to the season with four wins from the first eight games, losing just twice.

Since then though, Bristol City have taken just one point from their last five games.

Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Birmingham City has set alarm bells ringing and some fans have been calling for boss Pearson to go.

Preston would no doubt love to pick up another win and heap the misery on Pearson, who is far from happy with his players.

Speaking after that 3-0 thumping at Birmingham, Pearson laid into his squad with quite the rant.

Pearson told the club’s official media that Bristol City’s performance against Birmingham was simply ‘awful’ and indicated that he would deal with his players in private.

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Pearson added that this was Bristol City’s worst display of the season and slammed his players for not doing their jobs having conceded three ‘really terrible’ goals.

“It was awful,” said Pearson. “There’s no defence for that performance today and it’s my team, so I take responsibility… externally I’ll take the responsibility, internally I’ll say what I say.”

“That’s not acceptable. There’s no defence for us to give three points away in that fashion. That’s as bad of a performance as we’ve had from our players this season.”

“The three goals are just terrible, really terrible. People have got jobs to do and they’ve got to do it. What the players have to do on an individual level is reflect on their input to a day like today,” he added.

Bristol City are now likely to go one of two ways; they will either take another confidence hit after one point in five games and a berating from their manager, or they will dig deep and come up with a response against North End.

We of course hope it’s the former, but Bristol City are a wounded animal and Preston must be right at it on Wednesday night.

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