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Cherries: Skipper Pearce targets a lucky 13
Published : 04 Mar 2011 07:00:00
SKIPPER Jason Pearce is confident Cherries will hold their nerve as the heat intensifies in the League One promotion battle. Pearce insists Cherries will draw on their recent experiences as they look to maintain their push for honours during a potentially-defining period of the season. Starting with tomorrow's visit of ninth-placed Oldham, Cherries also face Southampton (fifth), Charlton (eighth) and Peterborough (fourth) in the next four weeks. Lee Bradbury's men also have tricky trips to Exeter City and Carlisle United in the next 15 days. Pearce told the Daily Echo: We have got 13 cup finals remaining and that's the way we are looking at it. If we can do well and win most of them, we have got a good chance of going up. I know we were in the league below last season, but most of us have been in this position before so that should stand us in good stead. This is a higher league so the games are going to be tougher because a lot of the teams around us are fighting for second place. We know it is going to be a hard run-in but we have just got to focus on ourselves and try to win every game. Pearce, the youngest player to skipper Cherries to promotion following last season's heroics, is hoping to celebrate a famous double. He added: To achieve back-to-back promotions would be great for everybody connected with the club. There are some very good teams in this division, that's why it is so tight. We have shown we can compete at this level and at the top end. Our aim now is to carry it through and cement first or second place.