Latics’ Jason Pearce talks to Paul Kendrick

Jason Pearce
Jason Pearce

IT was great to get my place back in the side last weekend for the first time this season.

And I’ve suffered no after-effects this week in training, which is great news.

Obviously it was tough getting back out there after getting injured in pre-season.

But hopefully the more I play the sharper I’ll get, and I’ll be back up to speed in no time.

It was just nice to be back with the lads, and obviously to celebrate with a clean sheet and three points made it extra special.

We’ve had a relatively positive start, especially at home, and we need to build on that now and get some more wins on the board.

It’s always hard when you’re injured – you feel like you’re on the outside looking in as the rest of the lads are preparing for the games.

Being injured can be a really lonely time, because obviously you’re primarily focused on yourself and trying to get yourself right.

Obviously you want to support the team as much as you can, and I travelled with the team for all the games while I was injured.

You’ve just got to try to remain as much a part of the squad as you can, and do everything you can do to help them win.

Being vice-captain, it’s obviously even more important I do that, and I was very, very proud and honoured when the gaffer asked me to do the job during the summer.

It’s nice to be captain or vice-captain of any club, although at the end of the day you still act and react the same way on the pitch.

Normally the captain and vice-captain are the talkers in the team, and I think that definitely goes for me and Morgs (pictured inset).

At the moment, though, all I want to do is concentrate on my performances on the pitch and do well for the team.

IT’S going to be a very tough game for us this weekend at Chesterfield, and we’ve got to make sure we’re as resilient and tough to beat as we can.

The first two away games in the league just haven’t been good enough from our point of view.

We’ve lost them both comfortably (at Coventry and Gillingham) and we have to make sure we change that as quickly as possible.

If we’re to have any chance of being up there, we need to get the away form up and running.

It’s hard to put your finger on exactly why there’s been such a difference between our fortunes at home and away.

There’s obviously a lot of new players and it will take time for them all to bed in.

But the gaffer’s been working very hard with us tactically, letting us know what he wants from us, and hopefully we can take that on board and take it into Saturday’s game.

If we can back up from last weekend, and start to put a little run together, you can suddenly get yourselves right up there at the top of the table.

We know we need to find that bit of consistency in our game.

If we can go to Chesterfield and not lose, that’s a positive that we can take forward to the next game. But make no mistake, we’re going there to win.

THE transfer window slammed shut on Tuesday night, and obviously it was a positive day for us with three new signings.

I feel we’ve got a really strong squad here now and hopefully that will bode well for the rest of the season.

It’s always great to see new faces around the place, and Andy Kellett, Jack Hendry and Haris Vuckic will all add something to what we already have here.

To be fair, though, there’s been nothing but new faces since I arrived at the start of the year.

I think I must be close to being the longest-serving player now – and I’ve only been here eight months!