Captain for the day delighted to get on the scoresheet in 5-1 success at Shrewsbury Town.
- “Delighted with our performance,” Jason Pearce on win at Shrewsbury.
- Defender explains his goal came from training ground routine.
- Pearce pleased to wear captain’s armband as Latics lose Craig Morgan to injury.
Latics’ vice-captain, and stand-in skipper in Saturday’s 5-1 win at Shrewsbury Town, Jason Pearce described his side’s second-half performance in the demolition of the Shrews as brilliant.
Discussing the afternoon post-match with LaticsPlayer HD, Pearce, who notched the third of the five goals on the afternoon, says Latics put the disappointment of their slow start to the game behind them to produce a sensational display in the second 45 minutes.
“We were delighted with our performance in the end after we came in a little bit disappointed at half-time,” Pearce explained.
“Although we played OK in the first-half, we know we can play a lot better. They put us under a lot of pressure and scored which disappointed us. At half-time, the gaffer told us to step it up and I think the second-half was brilliant and we are all delighted.”
Latics marked the 40-game mark in Sky Bet League One by moving to the top of the table for the first time this season and Pearce said Gary Caldwell’s side are allowing their quality to shine through now.
“Everyone expected us to be right up there from the start of the season with the squad we had and the money we have spent but it takes time,” he explained. “There was a big personnel change and it took us to time to gel but I think the quality is shining through now.
“You can name every single player in the squad and they have played their part this season and that is really good.
“I was delighted to get on the scoresheet myself today but it was an all-round team performance.”
Pearce also explained his goal from a set-piece was worked on in training prior to the game with Shrews, much to his delight as he added his second goal of the season and the fourth of his Latics career.
“We worked on it in training unopposed and wanted to give it a go in a match and luckily it paid off and I managed to get on the scoresheet,” Pearce added.
A 19th game unbeaten for Latics came on an afternoon when Caldwell couldn’t call on captain Craig Morgan due to injury with Pearce captaining the side in the absence of the skipper.
But in more positive news, Latics welcomed back Michael Jacobs from injury whilst Conor McAleny marked his return to the starting XI with a fine performance and a superb equaliser.
“We were delighted to see Michael Jacobs come back in today, it is great for the team, a real lift and like a new signing for us,” Pearce continued.
“I am delighted to wear the captain’s armband but Morgs [Craig Morgan] is a massive player for us and will be a massive loss whilst he is out.
“I was pleased with the lads that came in and gave their all, we have got a good squad so luckily we are able to call on some big players.”
And finally Pearce was ecstatic to score his goal in front of another sell-out away support.
“I love it here, I really do,” Pearce said. “The supporters took to me straight away and the way I play personally.
“Last season was really disappointing so to give something back to the fans is pleasing for each and every one of us.”