Date: 29th September 2015 at 2:19pm
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Okay, midfielder Ben Pearson didn’t exactly say that, he said don’t overly compare him to the midfield maestro that was Paul Scholes.

Speaking to the Official Site following the victory over Gillingham that saw him open the scoring, the on loan Manchester United man said he’d like to think his goal was ‘Scholes-esque’ but really that’s where he’d want to comparisons to end.

‘I`d like to think it was Scholes-esque but I don`t want to make comparisons. I`ve hit it nicely and it`s come off. I think when I have time I`m probably worse for shooting, I`m probably better at instinct strikes, which it was. I practice it a lot those types of shots so I was glad it came off.’

With the goal taking the headlines the player was actually more concerned with his overall play in the game explaining that ‘goals aren’t my main priority’ and he puts far more stock in how manager Lee Johnson rates his creation and regaining of possession in the match, and for him he felt he defended far more successfully in the game that he had done previously and he’s looking for that to continue as he develops.

‘I`m more of a breaking down and starter of the play but if I can chip in with a few goals it won`t do any harm at all. But, I defended a lot better today than I have done in the past, I got forward a bit as well so it`s all positives from the game with a good team performance to take forward into next week.’

With promotion hopes for the campaign obviously circulating, Pearson went on to say that the squad itself are hopeful, but all thoughts of promotion are shelved until May – until then it’s the old cliche of one game at a time and ensuring we get individual results right rather than thinking ahead.

‘I think we`re on the up. We have been a bit inconsistent this season but momentum is key in this league and two wins and a draw is momentum. We have to take that into Saturday`s game a get three points.’

With Doncaster up next this weekend, and a now managerless Doncaster following Paul Dicko’s departure, Pearson went on to describe the game as must win given the derby overtones to it.

‘A derby game is more important than a normal game so all the lads know what`s required and we`ll work hard on the training ground this week. It can go both ways, they can either be really up for it or crumble so we have to presume they`re going to be up for it.’

Ending with a final comment about Gillingham, he said.

‘We knew their strengths and weaknesses from training so we knew we were going to be under pressure throughout the game. I think they started well and then the goal took the pressure off, but it was a good team performance in the end and obviously good to get the three points.’

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