Brian McDermott gave 21-year-old Sean Morrison a home debut against Arsenal on Tuesday night, and the manager was pleased with his defender's performance.
Brian said, "It's strange because although we lost seven goals I thought Sean did very well. You won't see too many games like that."
Sean was given the nod on the night alongside Kaspars Gorkss. After training well and continuing to develop, Brian believed young Sean had earned an opportunity.
He said, "I've been speaking regularly to Morro since he arrived at the club, he went out on loan and played in a promotion winning team. He has been training well, getting better and better and I needed to give him some reward for his hard work."
On Pearce, Brian commented, "I have had a conversation with Alex, he and his agent are in talks with the club regarding his contract and that needs to be done. It has been ongoing since the Summer, I want him to commit and I hope he will soon."