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.
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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.