Pearce: "It's a real team effort"

Jason Pearce is taking each game as it comes as he and his Addicks team look to continue their climb up the table.

Charlton are one of the form teams in the division with six wins, two draws and just one defeat in the nine games since Johnnie Jackson took caretaker charge and sit eight points away from the top six, with more than half of the season remaining.

Saturday’s opponents, Plymouth Argyle, currently occupy sixth place and skipper Pearce is keen to close the gap further with a repeat performance against the Pilgrims who were handed a 2-0 defeat by the Addicks at The Valley last month.

“We want to take each game as it comes, as the cliché says,” explained Pearce.

“We believe in the team we’ve got and the squad we’ve got. We want to just keep on winning games and, hopefully, we’ll slowly move up the league and by the time we get to the end of the season, we’ll be up near the play-offs.

“[Plymouth] will be up for revenge and they’re a very good team so it’s another game where we’ll have to be right on it to get anything out of it.

"It will be a battle, so we’ll go there to obviously do our best to get a positive result.

“It’s a real team effort at the minute and we’re just striving to get up that league and get to where we think we should be.

“I wanted to try and play this season,” he added.

“I’ve worked as hard as I can to get into the team and be patient. I think everyone knows I’ll try and give my best every game I’m enjoying the new role in the middle of a back three and I’m just trying to lead the boys. Hopefully that continues.”

Meanwhile, Charlton’s captain paid tribute to the Valley faithful for their tremendous support in recent weeks, with another bumper crowd cheering on the Addicks to victory against Cambridge United on Saturday.

“It’s been great walking out in front of the crowd with the amount of people coming to games – it’s been brilliant,” he said.

“The noise when we’ve been playing has been great, they’re really getting behind us and it’s been a big, big help to us as a team and we love it.

"Long may it continue and I want to say thank you to those fans who have been coming.”

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