Defender pleased to return with clean sheet and three points against Crewe Alexandra.
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Wigan Athletic defender Jason Pearce was delighted to make his first appearance of the campaign on Saturday as Latics defeated Crewe Alexandra 1-0 at the DW Stadium.
Michael Jacobs scored the decisive goal in the first-half as Pearce returned into a defence that kept their third consecutive home clean sheet.
And reflecting post-match, Pearce said it was good to be back.
“I feel fine on the injury front; a little bit tired after my first game back but I loved it and loved getting back out there in front of the fans and getting three points,” Pearce explained.
“We had to grind the result out; Crewe are a good team to be fair, a good passing team and I think as a team we know we can play better but we got the three points and that’s what matters.”
On the record that has seen Richard O’Donnell and his backline not concede at home in Sky Bet League One this season, Pearce said it’s important for Latics if they’re to challenge for promotion this season.
“It’s a really good record and it’s something to build on; you want to win your home games and if you’re not conceding at home then it gives you a good chance,” he added.
“The boys are delighted to get another one and we need to build on that when we go away from home at Chesterfield next week.”
On Chesterfield, Pearce said he’s expecting a difficult clash, though he predicts a battling performance will be rewarded.
“It’s not going to be easy,” Pearce continued. “We need to dig in, show our battling qualities and then we should be able to get a result.”