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On his first game as a manager at Burnley since 2015, Nigel Pearson saw his Bristol City side beaten 2-1 to end a difficult week for his side who had lost at Norwich three days ago.

Pearson spoke about the two games and admitted: “It’s been a tough week for us in the sense that we have not had the results we would like but I have seen so many positives, not just this week, but in the opening months of the season, to suggest that we can make big strides this year.

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“We have played a good side today and we have tried to be as positive and aggressive as we could be. But they showed one of them main strengths and that is their ability to keep the ball and work opening so it was a different kind of challenge for us today.

“There is a slight feeling of deflation in the dressing room because the players are disappointed that their efforts have not earned us some points this week. We have created opportunities and another day we nick a result and they are very frustrated. We deserved to get something out of this week with the two really tough games we have had against sides who have been in the Premier League.”

It was a second home win as Burnley manager for Vincent Kompany and he said: “It’s good. In front of our fans, this is becoming a really difficult place to come and get a result and we’ve got to keep it like this, it’s been a good day for us.

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“These games, when you are one ahead, can go both ways. They’ve scored a lot of goals and played well against Norwich in midweek, which is why this is such a good win and a good performance too.”

The winning goal was scored by Jay Rodriguez and Kompany said of his striker: “He’s a class above really. He just oozes class and dominance, and we’re very lucky to have him. Our goals are usually the result of a good team effort, and today was no different. I’m really happy.

“We can improve, we’re one of the teams that can improve the most, and that’s something we have to hold on to. It has nothing to do with the amount of points for me. I’m happy because the games we’ve played, we’ve played well and the results could’ve been a bit better in certain games but in and around us is where we want to be for now.

“We’ve got the equivalent of an entire Premier League list still to come, but the biggest thing for us is that there was a lot of uncertainty before the start of the season, no one knew where to pitch this team, not even us. There’s some music in this team, you can see that from how we’re playing now, and we’re going to keep improving”

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