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Pearson On A Important Period For PNE

6 December 2017

With a hectic fixture schedule of fixtures in the Championship in December, Ben Pearson highlighted the importance of a good run of results in the lead up to the festive period.

North End travel to Burton Albion on Saturday before hosting Sheffield United the following weekend at Deepdale. After that, it's four games in nine days for the Lilywhites and the North End midfielder knows how beneficial a good run of form over Christmas can be in the Championship.

Speaking to iFollow PNE, the 22-year-old said: "I think results over the last three or four games have been positive and obviously getting that win on Saturday sets us up for December. We've got some tough games so we are looking forward to it.

"This is probably the most important period of the season, with the congestion of fixtures, I think around the 20th December to the New Year is hectic and you can fly up the league or fly down it.

"I think as long as we are in a good position going into that period, it puts us in good stead to climb the table and winning more games."

First up for Alex Neil's side is the trip to the Pirelli Stadium to take on Nigel Clough's Burton, and despite their league position at the foot of the Championship, Pearson is expecting a tough test against the Brewers.

"They've struggled a little bit this year but as we were aware last season, go there is a tough place to go, the pitch is small and the stadium is quite tight so it makes the pitch feel smaller than it actually is.

"It will be a tough game, we're in good form and they are not in such good form so we have to try and capitalise on that.

"I think they will be desperate for a win, as are we, but probably them more so than us with the position that they are in. It will be a difficult game where we will have to be on the top of our game to get something."

North End will welcome Daniel Johnson back in to contention, and after Tom Clarke played 45 minutes against Queens Park Rangers, the options are increasing for the PNE boss.

On the injuries of late, Pearson continued: "When you look at the first six or seven games we were flying, then we started picking up injuries which obviously halted us a little bit and we went four or five games where we struggled a bit. As you see now with Darnell, Ben Davies and now Clarkey, Calum Woods has come back and done well, and now they are back in we are flying again.

"I think it's natural for any team that when you've got your best players playing and your best team out there then you are going to benefit from that."

Watch the full interview with Ben on iFollow PNE now by clicking on the video above.


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