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"Back to the bread and butter"

20 March 2015

Pearce aims to use cup confidence to spur us on

"It's back to the bread and butter," Alex Pearce explained ahead of this weekend's trip to The Valley.

"After the highs of the other night, it's important we get back to trying to finish as high up the league table as we possibly can.

"We want to finish as strong as we can going into next season amd we all know momentum is important in this game. Just look at Forest, they are showing what momentum can do; they're not far of the play-offs all of a sudden.

"If we can do something similar with the last nine league games of the season, get some good results under our belt, it'll stand us in good stead. So we need to build as much mometum as possible."

The drama of an historic FA Cup quarter-final has to be temporarily forgotten, banished from the players' minds. Charlton come into this weekend's game off the back of a 3-0 victory at Blackpool in which former Royal Simon Church found the back of the net. With Andre Bikey also an Addick, Pearcey is looking forward to renewing old acquaintances.

"It's always gereat to see the boys. They both did great for this club - Andre Bikey was a bit of a fans favourite here and Chruchy won promotion with us, so he'll have great memories of his time at Reading. He's a close friend of mine too, so it'll be good to see him. Once it starts though, we'll all be looking to win the game.

"It's up to us to put the FA Cup to the back of our minds and focus on the league. For myself and this group of players, we shouldn't have any problems with that, coming into this league game and saying 'come on then let's have a right good go'.

"Monday night was fantastic, one of the most memorable nights I've ever experienced at Madejski Stadium. The atmosphere, the start we got, the intent we showed from the start, the control we had on it, I'm proud to have been a part of a night like that.

"We celebrated the win in the changing room after the game and we all went out for a meal on Tuesday night, gving us a nice chance to get together to toast the win...with a soft drink!

"But the win in the cup should now serve to spring us on in the league. We will take confidence from the result against Bradford and take that into this weekend's game."

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