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Pearce returns to contention ahead of Blackpool clash

18 April 2019

Caretaker manager Andy Dawson says on-loan left-back Tom Pearce has returned to training ahead of the home clash with Blackpool on Good Friday.

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19 April 2019

The defender missed the game against Burton with a groin injury picked up in the draw at Shrewsbury, but is back in contention for the match with the Seasiders.

He told iFollow Iron: “We have Pearcey back, who has trained this week, while Josh (Morris) and Lundy (Matthew Lund) have more training sessions under their belt, which is a positive for us all. Jordan (Clarke) has also been back out on the training field.”

He continued: “It’s a really important game – we know the matches are running out, as are the points that we can go and get.

“We have to learn from the Burton game, understand the things we need to do a little better and also what we did well.

“We have to be positive and hit it head on. Burton are a really good team but I sat down and watched the game again on Sunday and they didn’t cut us open as much as I originally thought (during the game). 

“The disappointing aspect is we didn’t keep it at 0-0 at half-time (when we could regroup). For all that Burton did have the ball and the good footballing team that they are, they scored their first goal from a set play. That’s something we have to focus on and get right.

“We had more of the ball in the second-half. I want the same work rate, because I thought they put a right shift in for us. We need to just get that final decision-making right in the final third. We were well in the game and then on 68 minutes, we didn’t stop the cross and defend it. They’re the little things you have to do a lot better.

“There are no easy games but it has to be about us. We have to go and perform, and show what we’re all about. We can’t leave anything in the dressing room, it’s got to be all out there.”

Dawson concluded with a message for the supporters, saying: “What I’d like to say is just stay with us. I know it’s hard when you look at the table and the situation we’re in, but everyone at the club is giving their all to achieve our goal which is staying up at the end of the season. We ask everyone coming through the turnstiles to get behind the boys.”

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