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Ben Pearson: 'This Makes Tuesday's Game Massive'

1 April 2017

Ben Pearson has his mind fully focused on Tuesday following this afternoon's 1-1 draw to Forest.

Although the PNE midfielder was disappointed to only claim a point, Pearson felt today's draw could be considered a vital one dependent on the outcome on Tuesday against Bristol City.

"I think at this stage in the season with eight games left a draw doesn't do too much for either side but the fact we've come from behind; it probably means a little bit more to us as one point is better than none but we need to be winning these games," assesed Pearson following today's game which saw both sides claim a point apiece.

"This makes the Bristol game now massive - before the game we knew that Sheffield Wednesday had dropped points which gave us more of an incentive to try and win so it's disappointing; there's seven games to go so teams will drop points between now and the end of the season so we'll take it one game at a time."

Britt Assombalonga's goal midway through the first half concluded a dominant spell in favour of North End; the visitors, having taken the lead also took the game to the Lilywhites and North End's No. 4 felt PNE could have found themselves further behind at the interval.

He continued: "The gaffer said we were lucky to go in at 1-0 at half-time but it still gave us a big chance to get something from the game.

"We had a great start but after their goal we dropped off a bit too much and they were getting into pockets and the wide men were coming inside - it became hard for me and Gally to work out who to pick up and at what time but second half we changed our shape which helped a lot. It was more man for man in the second half and we created some chances and I thought we were unlucky not to win in the end.

"We were on the ascendency in the first 15 minutes and we probably should have been 2-0 up but they are a decent footballing side and when you're off your game, they can pass it around you like they did in that first half but as soon as we changed the shape we were on top."

Second half saw an improved performance, and a PNE goal with Aiden McGeady grabbed his sixth goal of the season to equalise for the hosts.

North End continued to pursue a winner, but a quick counter saw Forest break minutes from the full time whistle, only for Pearson to commit what ultimately was a wise booking on the edge of the box as Forest looked to break.

On the booking, Pearson added: "I tried to get in front of him at first but he's got in front of me so at that point in the game it was probably right to take the yellow card."

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