Preston's Ben Pearson believes Bolton draw was step in right direction

Ben Pearson in the thick of the action against Bolton.
Ben Pearson in the thick of the action against Bolton.

Star man Ben Pearson believes the derby stalemate with Bolton was a step in the right direction for Preston North End.

The 0-0 draw at Deepdale on Friday night saw Alex Neil’s end a run of four straight Championship defeats.

They are still seven without a win but with trips to Bristol City and Norwich to come in the next week, Pearson thinks the point and clean sheet gives the Lilywhites a platform to move back towards the sharp end of the table.

“I think it was the improvement we were after,” the midfielder told Sky Sports post-match.

“In the past four or five games we’ve been struggling for form.

“Against Bolton in a local derby it was good to put things right.

“This has to be a turning point for us. We’ve got two away games coming up at Bristol City and Norwich and I think if we perform like we have today then we’ll pick up results wherever we go.”

Pearson took the man of the match honours with a display that saw him back to his industrious best in the middle of the park.

The 22-year-old led the way when it came to individual statistics on the night with a game-high 55 passes, 36 passes in the opposition half, as well as winning back possession 10 times for PNE.