Pearce reflective on the defeat to Preston

Charlton Skipper Jason Pearce says that the team will 'reflect' on their 1-0 defeat at home to Preston North End this weekend as the focus now turns to the derby game away to Millwall next Saturday.

Valley Pass subscribers can watch Pearce's post-match interview in full below.

Speaking after the game, the defender was critical of himself after giving away a penalty, which the visitors converted to win the game, in the 58th minute.

"I’m disappointed, I’ve obviously lost us the game so I’m disappointed. 

"I haven’t seen it back, but I would imagine that it probably looks like a penalty. I’m quite a hands-on defender and I just tried to stay with him. He’s fallen and my arms are around him – that’s how I defend – and the referee’s given it."

The 31-year-old also recognised that the team was also off the pace during the match.

"We weren’t at it today as a team for whatever reason. Our passing wasn’t quite right. It just wasn’t really us and we’ve not had a performance like that all season. 

"As players we’re really disappointed and being at home we obviously wanted to do better. So, we’ll move on from it and obviously we’ve got a massive, massive game next weekend."

And the focus for Pearce and his side now turns to next Saturday's trip to Millwall, and he insisted that he is hoping to turn out for the Addicks as they look to end a long win-less run against their South London neighbours.

"It will be great if I’m selected. The last time we played them was in League One. We played them home and away and I never got to play. So personally, I hope I get to play. We’ll see what the manager does. 

"For the club and for the players it’s a massive game. Off the back of today’s performance… as players we want to put that right and we’ll make sure we work hard in training this week and that we’re ready for that challenge."

But despite his eagerness to get a result at The Den, Pearce emphasised that the performance against Preston would not be forgotten.

"As players we don’t want to forget performances like this because we need to learn from it. We’re new in this league, so, we will learn from it. We’ll reflect on it and we’ll move on and make sure that we’re ready for next weeks challenge. 

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