PNE’s Ben going for goals

Ben Pearson scored a rare goal at the Globe Arena this week
Ben Pearson scored a rare goal at the Globe Arena this week

Preston’s Ben Pearson wants to add goals to his midfield bite in the season ahead.

The 22-year-old netted a great finish in PNE’s victory at Morecambe on Tuesday night – only his second goal for the club in 18 months.

Although it was only a case of friendly fire against the Shrimps, Pearson – who started last night’s 3-2 win at Accrington Stanley – hopes it can be a sign of things to come in 2017/18.

“I suppose it was a bit of a collector’s item, certainly one of my better goals,” Pearson told the Post.

“It goes without saying that I want to add more goals to my game, certainly get into more positions where I can have a shot.

“Last season I struggled to get into those positions and I only got the one goal.

“I have a decent strike on me when I get the chance to hit them. With the shot at Morecambe, I got plenty of movement on the ball so the keeper didn’t know which way it was going.

“It was only a friendly but I’ll take it, they all count don’t they?”

Pearson has been playing in a deeper midfield role in the friendlies so far, Alex Neil wanting him to get the ball from the back four and link play.

The former Manchester United player believes the chance will still come to get up the pitch.

Said Pearson: “I’m sitting in front of the back four and linking the play.

“The further up the pitch we go, the more chances I will get to be in and around the edge of the box.

“If I can pick up a few loose balls there, I will be having more shots and hopefully the goals will come more often.”

Pearson has enjoyed the first couple of weeks of Neil’s time in charge.

The big challenge has been adapting to the style of play Neil favours. “It’s been really good, a lot of fresh ideas and a different style of football which has taken a bit of adapting to,” said Pearson.

“We have got the players here to do that and the more training sessions we have and the more matches we play, the better we will be.

“There is a more playing out from the back than we were used to.

“It takes some getting used to but if we trust ourselves, we can achieve something this season.”

After featuring for an hour at Morecambe, it was the same for Pearson at Accrington.

He was one of three players to start both games, together with Chris Maxwell and Callum Robinson.

Alan Browne, Robinson and Greg Cunningham were on target with the goals.

Pearson managed to pick up a yellow card in the first half after being pulled-up for three fouls in quick succession.