News – UK – The dilemmas Nigel Pearson faces tonight at 7.45pm ahead of the Bristol City clash against Bournemouth

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He watched from the stands as the Robins beat Middlesbrough 3-1 last week, then saw them come from behind to take down Swansea City with the same score in their first responsible game

They face a tough test tonight, however, as they welcome a team from Bournemouth who beat promotion rivals Watford at the weekend

Injuries have decimated City’s option on left defense with four players in position

Young center-back Ryley Towler has done a good job over the past few weeks but was signed before the break after a difficult start against the Swans

Steven Sessegnon appears to be fit again, so he might be the man Pearson is turning to, but the left flank remains an issue the 57-year-old has to resolve

It has been taken advantage of by a number of sites in the past few weeks, and Bournemouth certainly has the guns to do just that

City knocked Boro aside at 5-3-2 last week, but after switching to 4-3-3 against Swansea, they fought their way back into the game and then to a winning position on Saturday

With that, Pearson faces an interesting dilemma – he might feel that a return to a 5-3-2 will give him more solidity against a Bournemouth side that only Brentford and Cardiff City have surpassed in the championship this season became

On the flip side, with this system, the cherries can dominate them as much as Swansea did in the first half on Saturday

Nobody deserves more credit for taking City away by three points from the weekend game against Swansea than Bentley

As is so often the case this season, the Robins keeper was superb against Steve Cooper’s side – especially in the first half when he made a number of excellent saves to keep them in play

Pearson will know that he can’t just expect Bentley to get the team off the hook game after game and that he’ll have to find a way to relieve the pressure on the city’s goalkeeper against a team from Bournemouth with no lack of attacking talent to decrease

That doesn’t mean the 27-year-old is unable to produce another impenetrable display, but that it just isn’t sustainable to continue to rely on him to do that

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News – UK – The dilemmas Nigel Pearson faces tonight at 7.45pm ahead of Bristol City’s clash against Bournemouth
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