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Pearo On A 'Positive Day'

21 September 2019

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Ben Pearson reflected on a 'positive day' for North End as Alex Neil's men recorded their first away win of the season in the Championship with a 1-0 victory over Birmingham City.

Speaking to iFollow PNE after the game, the 24-year-old said: "When you come away from home, the most important thing is to win the game or to get something from the game. In this league, if you go 1-0 up, you should really see out the game or at least get a point.

"It’s a positive day, it was two contrasting halves, I think first half we played well and knocked it around nicely and then in the second half, they put the pressure on, put men forward and you’ve got to try to get them on the counter. We withstood some sticky spells but in the end it’s a good result."

"Every week the manager comes up with some sort of plan to counteract what they’re going to do, as well as concentrating on what we’re good at." Pearo continued.

"First half, we were concentrating on the centre mids dropping into full back and picking up the balls to push them on and then we’ll hit them in behind and pick up the second balls further up the pitch.

"That worked a treat in the first half and I think we ended up getting the goal from there, we got the free-kick after a long ball. It was nice, it often works with the gaffer and we move onto Tuesday now."

Pearson missed the last outing after suffering with a virus, but he returned to training on Thursday and was back in action at St Andrew's to complete the 90 minutes, pushing through the pain barrier to complete the match.

"I’ve trained probably a day-and-a-half since about a week ago, so not a lot of fitness into my body and probably after 50 or 60 minutes I was struggling out there, I started getting a bit of cramp. It was just about filling in positions, clearing the balls and picking up second balls, so I was fine to stick through with it."

The win over Birmingham City saw the Lilywhites move up to third in the Championship table, but Pearo insists the squad won't be getting carried away with just eight games played so far.

"It is the first couple of months and you can quite easily drop down the league with a couple of losses. We’re not getting carried away, we’ve had a good start but I think we’ve just got to maintain consistency in picking up points.

"Our home form has been good, we’ve got to improve our away form and this is the start of that."

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

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