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JASON PEARCE LOOKS AHEAD TO BOLTON CLASH

19 March 2015

Pearce looking for quick turnaround in local derby against Bolton.

  • Jason Pearce discusses Watford defeat and looks ahead to Bolton.
  • Local derby the perfect chance to spur Latics on.
  • Pearce enjoying partnership with Maguire.
Speaking to Latics Player after Wigan Athletic’s 2-0 defeat to Watford on Tuesday evening at the DW Stadium, defender Jason Pearce says the team must dust themselves off quickly and turn things around in the local derby against Bolton Wanderers this Saturday.

“We’ve got eight games left now until the end of the season, starting with a massive game against Bolton on Saturday and getting a result against our local rivals would really spur the team on,” said the 27-year-old.

“First and foremost we need to get the result for our league position and our survival, but it’ll be that bit sweeter if we win in a local derby.

“I really look forward to games like that, they’re always physical and it means that extra bit for everyone involved.”

Pearce said the game means even more to the team, due to the disappointing nature of the goals conceded against Watford:

“They always looked dangerous, they’re a very good attacking side and we knew that, so we’re disappointed with the goals particularly because they’ve both come from our set plays.

“Getting beat on the counter attack is a real sour thing for us, but we’ve got to stick together and go again at home on Saturday.

“We need to change our home form, it hasn’t been acceptable all year, but we’ve got to stick together and keep doing the good things, but cut the bad things out at the same time.

“We can’t rely on other teams doing us favours.  We’ve got to produce results at home, it’s a simple as that.”

Asked about his current defensive partnership alongside Hull City loanee Harry Maguire, Pearce said he’s enjoying his games with the England Under 21 international.

“I’ve really enjoyed playing with Harry, he’s a top player and he’ll go on to play at the highest level.  It’s great to play alongside him, he’s a big lad who wins a lot of headers and he’s also comfortable on the ball.

“I’m enjoying playing with him, but we want to get the results and clean sheets.  Hopefully the more we play together the stronger we get, but we have to make sure that’s as soon as possible due to the amount of games left.”

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