NEW Bristol City boss Nigel Pearson believes Cherries have “been in a period of transition” this season, as he prepares his side to face Jonathan Woodgate’s men.

Former Leicester and Watford boss Pearson was himself only appointed at Ashton Gate last week.

He officially took charge of his first game on Saturday, an impressive 3-1 victory at Swansea City.

And the 57-year-old is expecting a tough test for his side when Cherries come to town in the Championship tomorrow (7.45pm).

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Pearson said: “We've had a first look at them.

“They're a side that were relegated from the Premier League last season and they retain a lot of quality.

“They've had a change themselves in terms of manager, so from a club that's been exceptionally stable and how the business is run they've been in a period of transition and in and around the play-offs since the start of the season.

“We expect it to be a tough game. But it's about being aware of what your opponents are about but I want us to concentrate on us.”

The Robins have picked up 45 points form 33 league games played this season.