Club captain Jason Pearce was recalled to the starting XI by Nigel Adkins for Charlton Athletic’s 2-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
The 33-year-old made his 150th appearance for the club at Adams Park and remains desperate for the team to improve with now only goal difference keeping them above rock bottom.
Pearce summarised his thoughts on Instagram: “Massively disappointing to lose today, we all have to be better to get ourselves out of the situation we’re in. Proud to have made 150 app for the club, and make my first start of the season.”
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The Addicks have lost all three of their away games to a 2-1 scoreline but a Garath McCleary brace had the Chairboys cruising until the closing exchanges of the match.
Pearce is always one of the first players in the squad to front up after a defeat and this weekend was no different, it will be interesting to see if Adkins sticks with him for the side’s crunch trip to face Steve Evans’ Gillingham on Tuesday evening.
Charlton are nine points off the play-offs with just seven games gone, promotion was the clear ambition this season but that looks a pipedream for supporters at this stage.
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Pearce came into the team to play in the centre of a back three, the first time that system had been deployed this season with Sam Lavelle and Akin Famewo either side of the club captain it is hard to see him keeping his place.
The 33-year-old has taken on further coaching and off the pitch duties this summer in transitioning towards life after football but is still a valued member of the squad.
Adkins will have to combat the aerial threat of Vadaine Oliver in midweek and Pearce is certainly someone who would relish the challenge. A squad player this season but still a leader on and off the pitch, Pearce’s experience could be key in many ways to drag Charlton out of this rut.