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29 March 2016

Defender says the dressing room environment is creating some positive signs for Latics’ promotion bid.

  • Jason Pearce delighted to be back after injury.
  • Rochdale a good side says vice-captain.
  • “Positive signs but nothing won yet,” 28-year-old explains.
In the 18 games that Latics skipper Craig Morgan and his deputy Jason Pearce have played alongside each other, Gary Caldwell’s side have kept ten clean sheets.

The latest came in Easter Monday’s 1-0 win over Rochdale at the DW Stadium after Pearce returned from injury to help Latics to another valuable three points.

“We want to get as many clean sheets as we can,” Pearce said. “It is a team effort that starts from the front and all of the boys have worked so hard to get the clean sheets this season.

“I am delighted to be back; the physios have been great with me and they have worked me hard to try and get me back as quickly as possible.

“I got an opportunity to get back into the team ahead of schedule and unexpectedly as well after the performance in the last game against Swindon Town.”

Reflecting on the win over the Spotland side that saw Latics extend their unbeaten run to 18 games, Pearce admitted it was a tough afternoon’s work despite playing the majority with a man advantage.

“Rochdale are a good side; Keith Hill gets them well set up and we knew coming into the match it was going to be tough,” he added. “We thought the sending off would help us and we would get a lot more of the ball and we did but they sat back and made it difficult for us.

“Luckily we got the breakthrough in the end and that was enough to get us the three points.”

Pearce, who won promotion earlier in his career with Bournemouth, says Latics’ six-point Easter weekend has left the club in a good place to make an immediate return to the Championship albeit there is plenty of work still to do.

“I think we have got what it takes [to win promotion],” Pearce continued. “There is a great buzz in the dressing room and all of the lads get on. The gaffer keeps our feet on the floor, though, and makes sure we keep working hard and don’t get carried away.

“There are positive signs but we haven’t won anything yet.

“It was a massive period for the club and I think the fans will be delighted with the six-point return and it is important we go to Shrewsbury on Saturday and get another three points.”

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