Pearce: Time is running out to beat the drop

Pompey defender Jason Pearce
Pompey defender Jason Pearce
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Jason Pearce has rallied the troops for the next chapter of the Blues’ battle against relegation as the time ticks away on their bid to stay up.

The Pompey skipper leads the side into tonight’s vital encounter with Birmingham City knowing the club’s hopes of avoiding relegation are dwindling fast.

But while Pearce believes there is still time – he knows the escape has to start quickly.

Pearce said: ‘Every game is a cup final for us. I don’t think it matters who we play now, we have to win games otherwise we are going to run out of time.

‘Birmingham are a quality side but we have to win the game – it’s as simple as that.

‘Every game’s going to be hard – it doesn’t matter who you’re playing.

‘It becomes more and more difficult with every game that passes without a win.

‘We don’t want to run out of matches, so we have to start winning.’

Pompey’s problems remain in the final third, with just two goals in their past nine games.

But Pearce believes the whole landscape can change.

He said: ‘That one goal can give us something to hang on to in a game and could change things for us.

‘Goals change games and we have to start scoring. But we’ll work hard in training and hopefully get a bit of luck on the pitch.’

The former Bournemouth defender has seen a succession of players leave Pompey on loan and has himself been linked with a move away before Thursday’s emergency loan deadline.

But he believes the spirit in the team is alive and well and was proved by the battling display in the 0-0 draw with Bristol City on Saturday.

‘We’ve lost a few players which makes things hard, but there’s a lot of spirit among the lads and I think that showed at the weekend.

‘It would be a massive achievement to get out of it if we can do it but we have to give it a really good push.

‘We’ve got teams around us left to play and we can keep it going.’