Ben’s yellow card pledge

PNE midfielder Ben Pearson will be back from suspension at Wolves on Sunday
PNE midfielder Ben Pearson will be back from suspension at Wolves on Sunday
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Ben Pearson admits he has missed too much football this season because of suspension.

The midfielder will return from his latest ban in time for Preston’s final game of the campaign against Wolves at Molineux on Sunday.

Yellow cards have been his problem, Pearson booked 15 times in 33 appearances.

They have resulted in three suspensions since November, the latest three-game ban for hitting the 15-caution mark.

“The suspension I’ve just served seemed to go on for a long time,” Pearson told the Post.

“My other two were over quickly but this one seemed to last ages, I’ve been itching to get back.

“Watching the games is never easy, especially when results recently have not been going our way.

“Hopefully I will be back in the mix for the Wolves game and we can end the season on a high note.

“It is the silly bookings I need to cut out, I need to be more sensible with referees.

“Being booked after going in for a tackle I don’t mind, it is one of those things.

“But the ones for dissent and things I should avoid, they have to stop.

“Six games is a lot to miss through suspension – bear in mind I didn’t really play for the first 10 matches of the season.

“I’m glad we have got one more game to play because it would be a long time without a game had it run through into the summer.”

Pearson was voted North End’s young player of the year by the supporters.

Simon Grayson presented the award to him at the club’s community day at Deepdale on Sunday.

Up against Pearson in that category was Alan Browne and Callum Robinson.

Said Pearson: “It was nice to win although you don’t get personal accolades without the help of your team-mates.

“I’m 22 now so this will be the last time I can be classed as a young player.

“So a big thank you to the fans for voting for me.

“It was a sticky period for me at the start of the season but once I got into the team I hit the ground running and my form was good.

“As the season went on, it was nice to carry that form on and I’ve really enjoyed it.

“We’ve got to focus on the Wolves game now, try and get our first win for a while.

“After that we get a bit of a break and it is nice to take the focus off football for a few weeks.”

Also returning from a ban for the Wolves game will be Paul Gallagher.

He was red-carded in last week’s 4-1 defeat at Newcastle for handball on the line, that carrying a one-match ban.

PNE boss Grayson said: “We’ve had a few suspensions lately but they are all back now which is better news.”