Cherries: Pearce warms to the task ahead
SKIPPER Jason Pearce is adamant Cherries have the talent to maintain their momentum in the face of the frustrating big freeze. Three consecutive postponements have put the brakes on the Dean Court bandwagon with Cherries' routine heavily disrupted by the cold snap that continues to hit the nation. The FA Cup tie at Notts County, now scheduled for next Tuesday, has twice fallen victim, while Saturday's League One trip to Bristol Rovers was also called off. That means Cherries have not played since the comfortable 2-0 victory over Yeovil Town on Tuesday, November 23. Frozen pitches have also meant that Eddie Howe's men have been unable to train normally, as they have often been limited to all-weather surfaces and gym work. But captain Pearce believes they can continue their form Cherries are unbeaten in five matches when play resumes against Hartlepool United on Saturday, provided Dean Court survives the Arctic conditions. Giving an insight into the past few weeks, the centre-half told the Echo: It has been hard because we haven't been able to train on the pitches. Luckily, we have got other surfaces we can train on. We've got a few injuries and, hopefully, the break will do those players good and they can get back and we can get everyone ready to go again and have another push for the Christmas period. We've had a couple of days off due to the really bad snow but, on the whole, we've been able to train and keep it going. It's been good, the morale has been good and the gaffer has been keeping it going well. Everyone is just looking forward to getting back to playing. When asked if he was confident Cherries could carry on the momentum they had built up prior to the lay-off, he said: I don't see why not. We've got a good squad here. Josh (McQuoid) has left now, which is a big dent to the squad, but hopefully one of the other lads can step up and fill his boots. I don't see why we can't keep the run going. Pearce, an ever-present and consistent performer this term, added: Everyone has had to deal with the same thing, so we are in the same boat as the other teams. It's not just us. We've just got to go out there and try to keep the run going.
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