Defender reflects on Middlesbrough reverse and assesses Easter Monday meeting with Derby County.
“Derby up there for the right reasons” – Pearce.
Defender promises fight and battle to the end.
Former Leeds United man hoping for some luck following Bamford deflected strike.
Latics defender Jason Pearce says it’s important to stick together and go forwards with unity into the final six games of the campaign as Malky Mackay’s side look to preserve their Sky Bet Championship status.
Patrick Bamford’s deflected strike was the difference between the two sides as Middlesbrough defeated Latics 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium on Good Friday and Pearce says it’s important to maintain fighting spirit ahead of Easter Monday’s clash with Derby County.
“We feel like we’re continuing to give a good account of ourselves and recent performances have shown that,” Pearce explained.
“We go again now, we’ll stick together and the gaffer has emphasised that.
“The same as Middlesbrough, Derby are up there for the right reasons and we’ve just got to show that passion for the fans and hopefully they’ll react by getting behind us and hopefully we can get the three points.
“It’s been disappointing at home but it’s not been for a lack of hard work and graft; we’re going to do our best and keep battling and fighting to the end.
“I thought we showed a lot of pride and passion in the second-half against Boro and hopefully we can build on that going into the Derby County game.”
Reflecting on the Boro result, Pearce rued Latics’ luck as Bamford’s shot deflected off the 27-year-old’s back and beyond Ali Al Habsi.
And he felt the second-half performance from Mackay’s side was certainly worthy of some reward in terms of points.
“We were disappointed not to get anything out of the game in the end; the first-half we weren’t really good enough and as a team we felt we should and could have done better but in the second-half we felt we gave a good account of ourselves and were unlucky not to get anything out of the game,” he explained.
“We need to get points to get ourselves out of the position we’re in so we’re massively disappointed.
“We do need something to go for us at the minute; their goal deflects off me and loops over Ali and that proves to be the difference today.
“Every game since I’ve been here, win, lose or draw, I think we’ve been in every game and we’ve not been blown away by anybody.”