Jason Pearce reflects on goal scoring debut inside today's programme.
- Cover Star Pearce delighted with start to Latics life.
- Defender talks; career so far, settling in at Latics and family life.
- Latest features such as Fan-Tasy Football, Kit Parade and Orrell's Post inside.
Since joining from Leeds United on deadline day, Jason Pearce had to watch on from the bench in his first three matches with the club, before Liam Ridgewell’s return to Portland Timbers opened the door for a first start at the Madejski Stadium.
And Pearce was in dreamland with how his first 90 minutes progressed as Malky Mackay’s side took huge strides in their bid for Sky Bet Championship survival.
“I was delighted to get my opportunity to make my debut,” Pearce said. “We showed great battling qualities to beat Reading and you need that in the relegation fight so it bodes well for the rest of the season.
“I hadn’t really dreamt or thought about scoring, I just hoped we’d keep it tight at the back and get a clean sheet so to score and help us get a great win was brilliant.”
Pearce was partnered at centre back for the clash with the Royals by on loan defender Harry Maguire who was also making his debut after joining on a short-term deal from Hull City.
And Pearce has been impressed by the 21-year-old and believes he has a bright future in the game.
“Harry came into the team as well for a brand new centre back partnership but I thought the team were excellent as a whole against Reading,” he added.
“I think Harry is a brilliant player; I’ve seen him in training and he’s a really humble guy, a nice lad with all the right attributes to go on and be a top, top centre half at the highest level. It was great to play alongside him, he’s a monster of a guy and he had a very solid debut.”
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Malky Mackay and Jonathan Jackson look back over events from the past couple of weeks, as well as all the usual news and features, including; Rowley's Rewind with BBC Radio Manchester's Paul Rowley, Hot off the Press with the Wigan Evening Post's Paul Kendrick, and a round up from the Academy.
You can also learn much more about our opponents Charlton Athletic in the visitors section, including an all-time five-a-side team as chosen by Addicks fans.
Our very own fan-feature comes in the form of Fan-Tasy Football as Steven Box from Billinge gives us his all-time Latics XI.
There are plenty more features, including Kit Parade, On This Day and Flashback, as well as the popular Orrell's Post as we look back in detail on the classic photo below.
Phil Daley scores against Stoke City in February 1991.
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