Pearson focusing on Rams form

09 March 2010 11:21
The 27-year-old's Pride Park career has been interrupted by a series of injuries since he moved to the East Midlands club from Celtic in January 2007.[LNB]However, Pearson is currently enjoying a sequence of 21 consecutive starts - his best run in the side since joining the Rams - and he has missed just six of the club's 39 league and cup fixtures this season.[LNB]But the Lanark-born midfield was still overlooked when new Scotland manager Craig Levein named his first squad for last week's friendly victory over the Czech Republic.[LNB]Almost two-and-a-half years have past since Pearson won the last of his 10 caps for his country but he insists his focus is only on playing well for his club.[LNB]"I wasn't really disappointed to be left out. I take it as it comes. If it comes, great, if it doesn't, I'll try to keep doing well for Derby," said Pearson.[LNB]"If I'm not playing well for Derby, I won't get any recognition. First of all, it is about staying fit and playing well for Derby. Whatever else happens is a bonus.[LNB]"It's been stop-start for me since I signed. I've played five or six games and then missed a couple, so to play 20-odd games is good and I'm feeling stronger fitness-wise. I think it's as good as I've felt for Derby.[LNB]"I'm training every day and playing games every week. I'm keeping myself fit and keeping myself in the best shape possible. I feel better in myself and physically stronger for getting a run of games.[LNB]"I've been unfortunate with injuries but hopefully I've put that behind me now. I'm feeling injury-free, which is good, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season. Hopefully, I'll stay fit to the end of the season."[LNB][LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk