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Ben Pearson Pleased With Personal Progress This Season

7 May 2017

Ben Pearson reflected on what's been a 'positive' season for him on a personal and team point of view.

After recently picking up PNE's Young Player of the Year, the tough tackling midfielder was looking to end a positive season on a high following his return from a three game suspension, but it wasn't to be with an early goal from Danny Batth the difference between the two sides at Molineux this afternoon.

"The past four or five results have been tough," admitted Pearson on the remaining games which has seen North End not quite hit the high notes of earlier in the campaign.

"I thought overall we were fairly solid today, I don't think we created too many chances but neither did they.

"We were pushing so hard for the Play-Offs and then that result against Leeds deflates you but we should have been more professional and not finished the way we have done but we've gave it all as a team for the season and we've had some strong performances. There are things we need to work on but overall it's been a good season."

Pearson's effort was reflected in the remaining embers of the game when the midfielder went down with cramp, and although Pearson continued throughout the 90, he admitted to feeling the strain to towards the end of the match having spent almost a month out through suspension.

"I think the three game ban I had didn't help me today," Ben continued. "It's been a long time since I've played and it's damaged the muscles trying to push for that equaliser."

On the season as a whole, Pearson can be proud of the impact he has made since coming into the side in the EFL Cup against Bournemouth in October.

Since then, the youngster hasn't looked back resulting in a season that has seen him feature 33 times in all competitions this campaign, and Pearson himself stated it was all about gaining the confidence of playing in the second tier of English football.

"It was just the understanding and knowing that I am good enough at this level," added Pearson. "The more games you play, the more idea of how good you can be at this level

"Over the course of the season I've improved just by playing games, but personally it's been a positive season and for the team too.

"After the 46 games, it's good to get a break with a couple of weeks with your feet up, taking your mind away from football and then get back into it - I'm sure we'll have a tough pre-season.

"Next year, we have to come back flying, as we've done for the majority of this season. If you look at the first ten games and the last five games if you pick up ten points, you are then in and around the Play-Offs.

That's not a big ask - if we win four of five we would have been up there so I think that's something we have to concentrate on and we will do."


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