Pompey defender insists there’s more to come

Jason Pearce
Jason Pearce
Jamal Lowe celebrates his goal against Scunthorpe. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Jason Pearce told Pompey fans: There’s more to come from us yet.

The Blues defender believes there is still plenty of improvement in his team after their 1-1 draw with Cardiff.

Steve Cotterill’s side came from behind to grab a point against the Welsh side on Saturday at Fratton Park.

That made it six points from the opening five games heading into the international break.

Pearce feels it’s been a steady rather than spectacular start from his side.

He has been happy enough with his form after coming into the starting 11 but is looking to up his game in the coming weeks.

And he reckons Pompey are capable of making plenty of strides in the near future, too.

Pearce said: ‘Cardiff played some good football but we had opportunities to win it in the end.

‘We haven’t lost but it’s a bit disappointing because you want to win your home games.

‘The performances are slowly coming though and the lads are gelling together.

‘Now we just need some wins.

‘We need a bit of luck for that to happen but we are still gelling a bit.

‘The more we play together the better we’ll become.

‘The goal was slightly on the break but we showed great character to fight back and get the point.

‘We almost nicked it in the end but we have to take the positives and move on.

‘It’s a bit of a slow start.

‘We know we can do better. It’s not the best start but it’s a steady start.

‘It’s early days and we are looking forward to kicking on.

‘I think I’ve done okay so far.

‘We’ve had clean sheets and I thought we defended okay against Cardiff. It’s a steady start for me. I’m delighted the manager has said some nice things, though.

‘I want to keep my feet on the ground, though, and just do well for Portsmouth Football Club.’

Pompey fans have immediately taken to Pearce after he came into the equation following a ban which kept him out of the start to the campaign.

He feels he is still adjusting after stepping up to Championship level from playing in League One with Bournemouth.

Rob Earnshaw and Kenny Miller provided him with a stiff battle on Saturday.

But the 23-year-old emerged from the challenge with credit.

He said: ‘It was a massive test for me, probably one of the biggest of my career so far.

‘It was a good challenge and I coped okay. The more I play against players like that the better I’ll be.

‘It’s lovely to be back, though. The fans have been great. I’m a whole-hearted player and hopefully they appreciate that.’

Pearce reserved praise for Kanu after he left the bench to salvage a point for his side.

He feels the evergreen Nigerian will continue to be a big asset for his team, despite his advancing years.

Pearce said; ‘Kanu is magnificent

‘I don’t know how old he is, but he’s brilliant in training and in the games. You never know what he is going to do. You give him the ball and wait for him to create a bit of magic.

‘He’s a great player and he’s great to have around. He’s inspiring and makes a difference.

‘He’s quality in training. You can’t get the ball off him. He’s a legend.

‘He’s played at the top level. He’s great to have around and is a great guy.’