Pearce: Time for a united front

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Jason Pearce has called for unity to get Pompey’s season firing.

The Blues’ battling defender believes his team need to show their togetherness and spirit to inject impetus into the campaign.

Pearce admitted the squad are desperate for a victory after a run of just a single win from eight fixtures this season.

Pompey were poor value for long spells at Hull on Saturday.

That result leaves them in 18th in the Championship ahead of two huge games in three days at Fratton Park.

Pearce promised that no-one among Steve Cotterill’s men was pushing the panic button so early in proceedings.

The no-nonsense 23-year-old has delivered a call-to-arms for his men to show their spirit against Blackpool.

Pearce said: ‘We need to get results and results quickly.

‘There are good players in the dressing room. We know we can turn it around.

‘We need to put it right on the pitch now.

‘There’s no better way to put it right than a home game coming up at Fratton Park.

‘It’s a massively important game for us, a big game.

‘We need to get a result. The position we’re in means we need to get a result.

‘It’s a long season but we need to get some confidence going in the team.’

He continued: ‘Against West Ham we came off and felt hard done by with the result against a really good team.

‘We were really disappointed with the performance against Hull.

‘We need to stick together. This is the most important time now.

‘We had this at Bournemouth when we were on minus 17 points.

‘We had to really stick together there and it’s the same here.

‘We’re not in that kind of predicament, but we need to get results on the table and get three points in the next game.’

Pearce made no bones about the quality of performance as Pompey succumbed to weekend defeat at Hull.

The match was the first time this season his team knew they had been second best to their opponents. And putting that right is all that’s on Pearce’s mind now.

He said: ‘At Hull, they were winning the 50-50s and that’s not good enough.

‘We need to have a look at ourselves and make sure we’re up for the next game.

‘As a team we have to close people down.

‘That wasn’t quite the case at Hull.

‘You have to defend from the front and close people down.

‘The forwards have to do it and the midfield have to do it.

‘It wasn’t quite there against Hull.

‘We have to say thank you to the fans for making the long trip up there.

‘The performance wasn’t right and we have to put that right in the next game.’