Leeds United suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic on Saturday at Elland Road as the promotion-chasing pack closed in on Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
A Pablo Hernandez own goal proved to be the difference between the two sides, as Leeds’ poor run of results continues into the second-half of this year’s campaign.
It was the ideal return for one Wigan player though, as Tom Pearce played 84 minutes of action in the win over his former side on Saturday.
Speaking in an interview with Leeds Live after the game, Pearce issued a heartwarming statement to the club and their supporters for the remainder of this year’s campaign and is hoping to see his former side win promotion into the Premier League.
“I wish Leeds all the best and hope they get promoted. They’re a good set of lads and a great team, as you’ve seen throughout the season.”
Pearce labelled Leeds as a ‘massive club’, and revealed that he is still in touch with a number of the club’s players, which will be pleasing to hear.
“It’s a massive club and you saw here how the fans get behind the players. It’s a great club.
“My time at Leeds was great. I loved every minute of it. Obviously I have moved on now but I keep in contact with the lads and I hope they do it.”
Leeds return to action on Saturday when they take on promotion rivals Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, in what is certain to be a tough test for Bielsa’s men.
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He’s definitely still a fan of Leeds, despite moving on earlier this season.
Pearce made the right call in leaving the club this season, as he simply wouldn’t have been getting enough game time to further his development in senior football.
If he can continue to impress with Wigan Athletic, then Marcelo Bielsa might have some regrets over the decision to move him on to another Championship club.
The Elland Road faithful will be delighted to hear that he’s labelled them as a ‘massive club’, and they’ll be hoping they can win a long-awaited promotion back into the Premier League this term.