Cherries: Pearce urges old pals to grab promotion chance

Bournemouth Echo: PROMOTION PARTY: Jason Peace (left) and team-mates in 2010 PROMOTION PARTY: Jason Peace (left) and team-mates in 2010

FORMER Dean Court hero Jason Pearce is backing Cherries’ Championship bid and has urged the class of 2013: Take your chance.

Pearce – the fifth and most recent of Cherries’ promotion-winning captains – is adamant another name can be added to the roll of honour this season.

The inspirational centre-half led by example when Cherries fought their way out of the basement division under Eddie Howe in 2010.

Pearce, now with Leeds United, also came close to skippering back-to-back promotions during Cherries’ play-off defeat the following season.

The 25-year-old says he has been delighted to follow from afar Cherries’ League One rise since his old boss returned to Dorset.

And the former Micky Cave-Daily Echo supporters’ player of the year has told Cherries’ current crop not to miss their opportunity.

Asked about the memorable 2009-10 campaign, Pearce told the Daily Echo: “I can remember it clearly. I have still got all the pictures and the medal.

“It was a massively proud moment in my career. Sometimes, people have a long career and they might not achieve promotion.

“You have got to grab it with both hands and just go for it.

“There is a team there with players and individuals that give their all every game and I think that is all you can expect.

“They have got match-winners in Marc Pugh, Brett Pitman and Lewis Grabban and I think they look solid at the back as well.

“They have got a good team so if they just keep their feet on the ground, then I am sure they can do it.”

Ahead of facing Sheffield United this afternoon (3pm), Cherries sit in second position after a run of just two defeats in 22 league games under Howe.

Speaking from his experience of working with Howe, Pearce believes there is no danger of Cherries losing focus.

He said: “From an outsider, I fancy them to go up 100 per cent.

“As a player, I have been in that position in League Two and you have to take each game as it comes, prepare right and not get complacent.

“That is the worst thing – when you get complacent and you take things for granted and then you do slip up.

“If he sees any complacency in training or anything like that, he makes sure he nips it in the bud straight away.

“You train the way you need to play and if people are slacking in training, he will make sure you know about it.

“He will definitely keep everyone’s feet on the ground.”

Pearce added: “At the start of the season, I said to a few of my mates that I thought Bournemouth would get promoted. A few months into the season, they were quite low in the league and I was quite surprised with the squad they have there.

“Since Ed’s gone in there, he has really turned it round and got that feelgood factor. I am delighted to see them doing so well.”

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7:57am Sat 23 Feb 13

mrsrat says...

...nice piece Pearcy mate, I knew would always be thinking of your old Club, aaaaannnddd isn't it about time you got yer bum off the bench.
...nice piece Pearcy mate, I knew would always be thinking of your old Club, aaaaannnddd isn't it about time you got yer bum off the bench. mrsrat
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8:30am Sat 23 Feb 13

West moors 1 says...

Top player for Bournemouth, one of those players that has great affection for the club. Hope to see him in our Championship game against Leeds next season! Up the cherries!
Top player for Bournemouth, one of those players that has great affection for the club. Hope to see him in our Championship game against Leeds next season! Up the cherries! West moors 1
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8:59am Sat 23 Feb 13

nonnogeppetto says...

Come on you reds play your best and win today, it would make someone very happy to know that the ciliege rosse were progressing into the championship. UTCIAD
Come on you reds play your best and win today, it would make someone very happy to know that the ciliege rosse were progressing into the championship. UTCIAD nonnogeppetto
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9:53am Sat 23 Feb 13

susi.m says...

could do with your help at the mo Jason. Till we get over our injuries.
could do with your help at the mo Jason. Till we get over our injuries. susi.m
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10:40am Sat 23 Feb 13

RICHSKI says...

Fancy a month on loan here mate? Think you might gt a game. I'll even come and pick you up.
Fancy a month on loan here mate? Think you might gt a game. I'll even come and pick you up. RICHSKI
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12:12pm Sat 23 Feb 13

ASM says...

IMO Pearce is the best defender we've had in the last 20 years. He never put a foot wrong, he was so solid and safe at the back and a great leader too.
Shame the ambitious takeover didn't happen a year and a half earlier, but still I am confident in the quality player we've got now, going strength to strength
IMO Pearce is the best defender we've had in the last 20 years. He never put a foot wrong, he was so solid and safe at the back and a great leader too. Shame the ambitious takeover didn't happen a year and a half earlier, but still I am confident in the quality player we've got now, going strength to strength ASM
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1:49pm Sat 23 Feb 13

AFCB_Lanky says...

who is that next to JP and Robinson in the picture? i can't for the love of god remember =/. Must admit he is the best CB i've seen at DC, even though i've only been going for 5 years. was really unlucky to get sent off against Huddersfield in the play off semi finals.
who is that next to JP and Robinson in the picture? i can't for the love of god remember =/. Must admit he is the best CB i've seen at DC, even though i've only been going for 5 years. was really unlucky to get sent off against Huddersfield in the play off semi finals. AFCB_Lanky
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3:36pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Ginger-nutz says...

Acid test time.....
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Andyou clowns will BALLS IT UP just like I predicted :)...
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There are a few sides better equipped than you in this league and you are meeting three of them in the next four matches..
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Enjoy the slide ;-)
Acid test time..... . Andyou clowns will BALLS IT UP just like I predicted :)... . There are a few sides better equipped than you in this league and you are meeting three of them in the next four matches.. . Enjoy the slide ;-) Ginger-nutz
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5:14pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Ginger-nutz says...

3 defeats in your last 8 games....
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The wheels are surely coming off......
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Where's Eddie to Steady the wobble!!...
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Coventry and Donny to come....
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You'll be in 8th place b4 you know about it ;-)
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Better start building a new team for a crack at Div 1 again next season....
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Good Luck :)
3 defeats in your last 8 games.... . The wheels are surely coming off...... . Where's Eddie to Steady the wobble!!... . Coventry and Donny to come.... . You'll be in 8th place b4 you know about it ;-) . Better start building a new team for a crack at Div 1 again next season.... . Good Luck :) Ginger-nutz
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5:14pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Ginger-nutz says...

3 defeats in your last 8 games....
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The wheels are surely coming off......
.
Where's Eddie to Steady the wobble!!...
.
Coventry and Donny to come....
.
You'll be in 8th place b4 you know about it ;-)
.
Better start building a new team for a crack at Div 1 again next season....
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Good Luck :)
3 defeats in your last 8 games.... . The wheels are surely coming off...... . Where's Eddie to Steady the wobble!!... . Coventry and Donny to come.... . You'll be in 8th place b4 you know about it ;-) . Better start building a new team for a crack at Div 1 again next season.... . Good Luck :) Ginger-nutz
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7:35pm Sat 23 Feb 13

raybren says...

Lanky;He was here just recently,it's
Mr. S.Cooper of Pompey.
Lanky;He was here just recently,it's Mr. S.Cooper of Pompey. raybren
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