PNE midfielder Ben Pearson aims to cut down on yellow cards

PNE midfielder Ben Pearson
PNE midfielder Ben Pearson

Preston North End midfielder Ben Pearson admits he needs to listen to his mum in a bid to cut down on the yellow cards.

The 23-year-old cuts a fiery figure on the pitch and has been booked 33 times in his two-and-a-half seasons with the Lilywhites.

Ben Pearson gets a yellow card in last season's win against Sheffield Wednesday

Ben Pearson gets a yellow card in last season's win against Sheffield Wednesday

Keeping a cooler head on the pitch is what he is aiming for, something his mother has tried to preach to him since he was a youngster.

Pearson told the Post: “If I could keep it below 10 yellows this season, that would good.

“In my position if someone gets past me, I might have to bring them down every now and again – it’s one of those where you will get carded.

“It’s the back-chatting and getting a little bit heated which I need to cut out.

“I’ve been like that since I was about 12 – my mum always hates that when she watches. She tells me every day to stop it by usually I ignore my mum because she has said it so many times!

“I think it’s just in me to get riled-up for a game when there is something to play for.

“But I need to cut it out so I don’t get suspensions and miss games.”

Pearson got 14 yellow cards last season, managing to turn over a new leaf in the final few weeks of the season.

He was booked just once in the last 10 games, and avoided trouble totally for the last six.

Had he reached 15 yellows, Pearson would have got a three-match ban.

“I would have missed three games if I’d got to 15,” said the former Manchester United reserve.

“Had we got to the play-offs last season I could have missed those games, or I could have missed the start of this season.

“I was a conscious of that and had to take notice of it.”

Pearson and his Preston team-mates play their final pre-season game tomorrow.

They face Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, that trip a familiar one to Pearson.

He was born and brought up in the Chadderton area of the town.

North End manager Alex Neil is pleased with the way the pre-season has gone and the Oldham game will give him one last look at some of the squad in match action.

Whether he chooses to give a run-out to the side which will start the season against QPR a week tomorrow, remains to be seen.

With injuries having been kept to a minimum during the pre-season, Neil has had a good look at all his players.

It is fair to say he has been impressed with what he’s seen from them.

Said Neil: “I’ve got a fair idea of where we are and there is not a lot between any of the squad, which is good.

“With selection, my job is getting more difficult due to us strengthening the squad well.

“That is a good position to be in.”