Cherries: Pearce wants to banish Brunton Park memories
JASON Pearce is desperate to exorcise the ghost of Brunton Park after admitting he is still haunted by Cherries' relegation at the venue. Pearce lined up against Carlisle in May 2008 when Cherries' fate was sealed by a 1-1 draw on the final day of a traumatic season. Despite winning six of their last seven games, Cherries were unable to claw back a 10-point penalty for going into administration and plunged into the bottom flight. Pearce will tomorrow lead the club in vastly differing circumstances as Cherries bid to get their League One promotion push back on the rails against the Cumbrians. Relegation is something I won't forget in a hurry, said Pearce. It was a terrible feeling and one that will stay with me for a long time. We have put it behind us and had a couple of good seasons since then. We need to get a positive result at Carlisle, especially on the back of two defeats. Although the points deduction effectively sent us down, the club has come a long way since that day. We have managed to achieve something that seemed impossible at that time. This season has been great so far and we want to keep it going. We have already exceeded the expectations of most people but need to stay focused until the end of the season. Pearce helped Cherries claim a convincing 2-0 win over Carlisle in September as Eddie Howe's men had the last laugh over Cumbrians boss Greg Abbott, who had highlighted a soft underbelly as a weakness in the Dorset's club armoury. Things like that spur you on and make you want to prove people wrong, said Pearce. I think we have all matured as players and, every time you have an experience like that, you learn from it. We are learning all the time and that will stand us in good stead for the future.
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