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Pearce on O'Neill & Keane

13 November 2013

Alex eager to impress

Defender Alex Pearce is away on Ireland duty this week, and is aiming to make an impression on new management duo Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane.

Pearce has a decent chance of facing Latvia this Friday night, and he spoke to the Irish press at a media conference this week.

He said, "All the players are trying to impress the new management team. No matter how many caps you've got, it's a clean slate and everyone is trying to do their best from the word go.

"It has been really enjoyable, everyone has been buzzing in training. Spirits seem really high and we’ve got a good team spirit here anyway. The management team will only add to that and bring the best out of us."

Now that he has international clearance, Pearce can be called up by Ireland for competitive games and wants to stake his claim in this friendly encounter, saying, "If I can get on the pitch on Friday, that would be great. If I can start a game, that will be great. As a player, you've just to go be ready." 

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane are also aiming to hit the ground running for their first game in charge, and Alex said, "They're welcoming everybody, they've come player to player and there are a lot of players to go around. It's about trying to get everyone to enjoy it as much as they can and get a winning feeling."

Asked about Keane, who took the first training session, Alex said, "He's been great, he took the session and he's been really good. The coaching was great, its the first day and like you said he's a massive part of the country. It's great to have him on board and learn from him. 

"We all know what he's done in the game and we're all trying to learn from him. When he has something to say we take it on board, for sure."

Stephen Kelly is of course also part of the Ireland squad, while Kaspars Gorkss will captain Latvia in Friday's friendly match.

Chris Gunter and Hal Robson-Kanu are with Wales, while Chris Baird is on Northern Ireland duty.

At youth level, Jonathan Henly is with Scotland u21s and we have four players in a Scotland u18s training camp.

See Alex Pearce try to interview Chris Gunter in a funny clip on our YouTube channel now.

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