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"In a confident mood"

30 September 2013

Pearce buoyed by good form

Alex Pearce says the Royals are full of confidence after sealing their fourth win in five games - as well as keeping the same number of clean sheets in as many fixtures.

The Academy graduate was at the heart of another shut-out, and with many chances created and two goals scored at the other end it was a very satisfying victory for Nigel Adkins' men.

"I thought the boys were brilliant. We were nice and solid at the back and we got a couple of great goals from Danny Guthrie so it was all very pleasing," he said.

"That's four in the last five games we've kept a clean sheet, so we're looking strong in that department. We want to keep building on that, take each game as it comes and carry on aiming for that vital clean sheet that we want, because we know we've got the quality at the other end to get the goals.

"It's all about momentum in this league as we all know. Once you get on a run of momentum, it's very hard to stop a team like us. We're in a very confident mood at the moment."

The Royals swiftly return to Sky Bet Championship action on Tuesday evening away at Barnsley - which Pearcey believes is the type of game sides who are striving to earn promotion should go and win.

"It's going to be a tough game up at Oakwell, it's always a tough place to go. If teams are going to get promoted they need to go to places like that and win. We'll be looking to do the same thing - go up there, keep a clean sheet and look to win the game."

Alex also gave his best wishes to fellow Academy graduate Jem Karacan, who confirmed that he'll face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

"It's obviously devastating about Jem - we wish him a speedy recovery. He hope he gets back on the pitch where he belongs as soon as possible."

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