Cherries: Lee hails pro Pearce
MANAGER Lee Bradbury believes the professionalism and mentality of marathon man Jason Pearce make him influential to Cherries' pursuit of Championship football. The Dean Court captain is the only Cherries star to play every minute of every game this term as he bids to become the first man to lead the club to back-to-back promotions. Centre-half Pearce, renowned for his fearsome tackling and committed style, is in line to make his 45th league start of the season when play-off chasing Cherries visit Hartlepool United tomorrow (3pm). And when asked about his skipper's efforts, Bradbury was quick to highlight the importance of the former Portsmouth defender. Bradbury told the Echo: He has been influential and is an old head on young shoulders. He is a good organiser and he has got experience beyond his years. He is one of those players that could have an eight-inch gash on the back of his head and he would still want to play on you would have to drag him off the pitch. He has got a great attitude towards the game and he is a winner that is very important for the position he plays. You need a strong mentality in football because you will have ups and downs, and you need to be able to react accordingly. If you are having a bad time, you need to have the strength and self-belief that you can go on and be a good player. He has got that in abundance and is a very hard-working player that I think, given time, will step up, hopefully with us. Bradbury added: He is a leader and is very competitive and professional. That is what has got him where he is today. He does everything right all the time and gives himself the best chance to perform week in, week out. On and off the pitch, he leads by example. All the lads respect him. Even though he is only a young lad, he has got the backing of the team and definitely the coaching staff as well.
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