Cherries: Pearce's pursuit of promotion record

03 March 2011 07:00
CAPTAIN courageous Jason Pearce is vowing to keep battling through the pain barrier as he bids to lead Cherries to an historic double.[LNB] The combative defender has played every minute of every game this season and been a vital cog in Cherries' League One promotion push.[LNB] But his unblemished attendance record has come under threat in recent weeks due to a nagging back complaint not that Pearce has let it affect him.[LNB] And the 23-year-old says he is determined to plough on as he sets his sights on becoming the first man to lead the club to back-to-back promotions.[LNB] Pearce told the Daily Echo: I think it has been down to the heavy ground. The muscles in my back have been getting tight and I have needed to rest it.[LNB] At this stage of the season, you have just got to try to get through it. Although we have got back up, I want to play in every game.[LNB] I am doing everything to make sure I am right. If it feels okay, I will train but, if it is sore, I will probably sit out because I need to rest it.[LNB] I have sessions with the chiropractor and am dealing with it. Providing I keep looking after myself, I am sure everything will be okay for the remainder of the season.[LNB] Pearce turned in another commanding performance at the back as Cherries came from behind to beat Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday. And despite his no-nonsense style, the Londoner has had an excellent fitness record since arriving at Dean Court in 2007.[LNB] I have always been taught to go in for tackles fully committed, said Pearce. If you don't go in 100 per cent, you could be the one to get hurt. I have always gone in wholeheartedly and it has served me well.[LNB] Preparing correctly and eating the right things has also stood me in good stead and kept me fit and healthy.[LNB] I train the same way as I play. I got a fat lip in training after a collision with Jayden (Stockley) last week but you have got to get on with it. You take the knocks and play through it.[LNB] Pearce has again be one of Cherries' most consistent performers and has played his part in helping new boss Lee Bradbury earn a nomination for the League One manager of the month for February.[LNB] I think we have reacted superbly after losing Eddie (Howe) and Jason (Tindall), said Pearce. The lads took to Bradders and Fletch immediately and we have been on a good run.[LNB] People probably thought things would go downhill after Eddie went but we are a hungry group and are desperate to achieve something. There is a fierce determination to succeed.[LNB] Bradders and Fletch haven't really changed anything and I think that has shown in our performances and results.[LNB]

Source: Bournemouth_Echo