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Pearson Prepared To Put His Body On The Line

8 April 2019

Midfielder Ben Pearson admits his is prepared to put his body on the line for the cause as North End look to make a final push for the top six.

Pearson was forced off through injury late on against Reading but made sure he was fit to return for the visit of the Blades on Saturday afternoon, a risk he was prepared to take with plenty still at stake for the Lilywhites.

Speaking to iFollow PNE ahead of the visit of Leeds United on Tuesday night, the 24-year-old said: "If it was earlier in the season and you've got games to catch up on then you make sure you are right and you're rested, but at this stage, the worst that can happen is you're injured and you miss the rest of the season.

"You've got to put your body on the line for every game at the minute, so I was dying to play in that game. Unfortunately it didn't pay off and we got beat but we have got two big games now."

After disappointment on Saturday, the squad will be looking to bounce back against Leeds United, who currently sit third in the Championship as they fight for automatic promotion.

On Tuesday's opponents, Ben continued: "I think they've probably been the best team in the league, Norwich and Sheffield United are up there as well but I think if you watch them, they way that they play and the intensity they play with, then they are probably the hardest team to play against.

"So credit to them, I think the manager coming in has made a big difference for them and obviously the players have responded to that.”

With six games to go in the league, Pearson and the rest of the squad are looking for a strong finish to the season with belief still high amongst the team.

“We obviously had a target and the next two games we have got to win now. We've made it hard for ourselves but I think we are capable of beating Leeds tomorrow and then going to West Brom and winning. We have just got to see how it goes over the next week.

"It's a big game, they will obviously bring a big following like they always do so it will be a good atmosphere like it was on Saturday. They have got a lot to play for and so have we, so it should make for a good game.

"I think the atmosphere was good on Saturday, I think it always helps with the away team bringing in a big following, and Leeds will do that as well. I think it just gives you that added little edge when the stadium is full and it's loud and we will be looking to win the game."

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


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