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Pearson Positive Ahead Of Villa Clash

20 February 2018

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Tuesday night's trip to Villa Park sees the return of Ben Pearson after the midfielder served a two-game suspension after picking up his tenth booking of the season against Hull City.

Pearson is relishing the challenge against Steve Bruce's high-flying Aston Villa and feels that the team will be going there with a positive attitude towards bringing the three points back to Preston.

Speaking to iFollow PNE ahead of the game, the 24-year-old said: "I think any player wants to play against the best players and the best teams, I think they are up there in the top three or four teams in the league this year.

"We have probably thrived against better teams this season so we will be looking to do that same and go there in good spirits.

"When we played them earlier in the season it was a tough game but we had our injury crisis and I think Browney [Alan Browne] was playing centre half for part of that game so our team has changed a lot.

"We will be going in to it with confidence, we're seventh in the league and we are still three points off the Play-Offs so there's a lot to play for.

"I think with them getting beaten it gives us a bit more hope on picking up three points."

Villa were on an impressive winning run before Saturday's defeat to Fulham, with the Villans having a number of key players missing for that clash.

Pearson feels that losing the quality of players that Villa did for that clash would be a blow for any team, but knows that even if those players return on Tuesday night, North End will be a match for the hosts.

"I think in any team if you lose your best players then your team suffers slightly, I think with our team we've probably got 22 players who can all play well. You could throw anyone in and it wouldn't change the standard of the line up.

"With the bigger teams, you've obviously got bigger players who are more important to the side so I think for them losing a couple of players, it's difficult to replace them with as a good a quality.

"We will be going in good spirit and even if those players are back we will still believe we can win."

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

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