Pearce: I’d swap maiden goal for victory

113858-494_DERBY_POMPEY_SR_29/10/11'Action from Derby County vs Pompey at Pride Pride Park.'Jason Pearce heads the ball.''Picture:Steve Reid 113858-494
113858-494_DERBY_POMPEY_SR_29/10/11'Action from Derby County vs Pompey at Pride Pride Park.'Jason Pearce heads the ball.''Picture:Steve Reid 113858-494
Pompey and Fulham drew 3-3. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey boss disappointed not to get victory

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Jason Pearce celebrated his first goal but confessed: I’d prefer the points.

Pearce bagged his first strike since returning to Fratton Park in the summer from Bournemouth.

The 23-year-old forced the ball over the line 11 minutes from time to grab his side a consolation.

That was a pleasing moment for him, but the defender admitted it meant little in the scheme of things.

Pearce said: ‘I’m delighted to get a goal and it’s my first one for the team at senior level.

‘It would have been nice to get the winner, that’s for sure.

‘Really I’d prefer not to score and get a result from the game.

‘It’s pleasing but I’d prefer the points.’

Pearce knew Pompey gave themselves a mountain to climb after their first-half collapse saw them ship three goals without reply.

That ensured the game was over before the break with Derby rampant.

Pearce made no bones about the unacceptable nature of that display, although he took heart from the way they rallied after the break.

He said: ‘The performance in the first-half wasn’t good enough.

‘The second half was better but the damage was done by then. We know that.

‘We had a game plan to keep it tight – we didn’t keep it tight.

‘It just wasn’t good enough to be honest.

‘We’ll reflect on that.

‘There was pride and character in the second half, but it wasn’t good enough.

‘The early goal hit us hard.

‘We needed to regroup but didn’t do that and paid the price.

‘It’s not good enough.’

All the talk around Pompey is of who will be the man to replace Steve Cotterill as manager.

Sean O’Driscoll is the bookies’ favourite with Pearce’s former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe also touted last week.

Pearce admitted linking up with Howe would have been a nice prospect, although he has reaffirmed his commitment to Burnley.

He said: ‘I’ve never played under Sean O’Driscoll.

‘I’ve heard he’s a good manager, though.

‘I know Eddie Howe very very well.

‘That would be lovely!

‘Whoever comes in will hopefully do a good job and we’ll be behind them.’