Pearson unhappy with disallowed goal in City-Hull draw


Nakhi Wells's first league goal since February has earned Bristol City a 1-1 draw at Hull in the Championship, but coach Nigel Pearson was left unhappy.

The 33-year-old forward ended a 15-game personal drought with a second-half equaliser after Ozan Tufan had climbed to the top of the league's early-season goal charts with a 17th-minute opener, following his hat-trick against Sheffield Wednesday in the Tigers' previous home contest.

City boss Nigel Pearson, however, couldn't understand why Wells had not ended up with another goal in the match.

Wells was denied by a very delayed flag in first-half stoppage time after Jason Knight's deflected drive had fallen to him six yards from goal.

A confused Pearson said: "From what we were told about the offside rule in pre-season to what I am seeing now during the season, there's a bit of confusion and we need some clarification about what constitutes a deflection to somebody in an offside position.

"People in football were not asked their opinion about it and I'd just say offside is offside and that the assistant should put the flag up straight away, but that won't happen."

Pearson was happier with his players' overall efforts, arguing the same character was now needed in home matches.

"I thought we played very well and created lots of chances," he said. "I saw bravery out there with players wanting the ball and doing positive things on the pitch.

"We need to see that character in home games now because people talk about coaching and training, but the most important day in the week is match day."

Hull boss Liam Rosenior admitted his team did have their backs to the wall more than he would normally like.

"When you go a goal up at home and don't get three points, you have to view it as two dropped," he reasoned.

"I thought the first 25 minutes was exactly what I wanted. Then we were trying to score with every attack and it became a bit of a basketball match, which suited Bristol City.

"I think if we had carried on playing the way we were and keeping possession, we would have exhausted Bristol City of their oxygen.

"But I also have great respect for Nigel Pearson's teams. They were winning the ball back and played with four up front and two full-backs high up the pitch, so they were playing really offensive football as well."