Latics working hard on improving away form says Jason Pearce ahead of Oldham trip.
- Jason Pearce previews Latics’ trip to Oldham Athletic.
- Hard work in training as Latics look to improve away form.
- Pearce enjoying leadership role as club’s vice-captain.
“We go into every game with the same attitude and we stick to our principles so it’s been disappointing”, said the 27-year-old.
“We know we need to put the away form right to be in with a chance of being at the top of the league.
“The gaffer has addressed that and we’ve been working on it in training, looking at the reasons why we’re conceding and making sure we know how to put them right.
“We’re getting stronger day-by-day and the understanding in the group is definitely there. The start of any season is always hard because the expectation is always high.”
Pearce was missing from the main group of players throughout pre-season and the start of the campaign due to a hip injury, something which gave him time to assess the team’s start to life in League One.
“When I got the injury I felt like I was in really good shape, I didn’t get carried away and overdo it, but injuries can happy at any time and it was really frustrating at the time.
“I was playing catch up for a while and desperately wanted to be out there when I was watching the team play.
“It was an indifferent start from the boys, but we all knew it was going to take a bit of time. Hopefully we’ll really get going soon and win a lot of games.
“We’ve all been working so hard to try and achieve what we want to achieve this season, which is obviously promotion, but with the amount of new faces we’ve had in it was always going to be difficult because it takes time to get to know how each other play.
“We’ve won three of our last four games and despite having that indifferent start, we’re actually in a really good position in the table.
“It’s been a good spell, but we need to get a run together and remain unbeaten. We want to be up towards the top of the league on merit and push as high as we can, but at this stage in the season it’s about sticking in there and being around the top teams to make sure we can push towards the end of the season.”
Pearce was named as the club’s vice-captain by manager Gary Caldwell this summer, a title he says he takes a lot of pride in.
“I’ve been captain at all the clubs I’ve played for and to be vice-captain here is an honour.
“The title doesn’t change anything for me because I’ll still be the same person and player that I’ve always been. I just want to encourage the lads to help try and get the best out of them and hopefully I’m setting a good example by the way I talk and tackle on the pitch.”
Pearce says he and the squad aim to set high standards on and off the pitch, especially after the disappointment of the 2014-15 season.
“I was here at the end of last season and experienced a very tough time in the club’s history. We put in some good performances towards the end, but we weren’t winning enough games so the supporters were naturally disappointed.
“It was a negative time, but now we’re trying to put that right for the fans this year. When I compare last year to this year and how positive everything is, it’s just a great change and I’m really enjoying myself here.”