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Charlton Athletic defender Jason Pearce on defensive partnership with Patrick Bauer and...

Charlton Athletic defender Jason Pearce on defensive partnership with Patrick Bauer and coping with League One’s big men

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Jason Pearce is pleased with how his relationship with central-defensive partner Patrick Bauer is developing.

The two have played together in every minute of Charlton’s League One campaign so far as the Addicks have started with an impressive five wins out of six games.

They beat Southend 2-1 at The Valley in their latest outing and Pearce was happy with the way he and Bauer dealt with the Shrimpers’ front-line of Simon Cox and Nile Ranger.

“The last few weeks every side has had a big man up front,” explained the 29-year-old.

“Myself and Patrick have had our hands full every week but at the minute we’re standing up and doing well against them. Last week (during the 4-3 win over Oldham) we made a mistake for a goal where we both went for a header and the guy scored but things like that are going to happen. As long as we learn from it, we’re growing as a partnership. We enjoy playing with each other. The players we have in reserve are good players as well. We haven’t got the strongest strength in depth in the squad but we’ve got a lot of very talented young players as well – hopefully they’ll get their chance as well.

“I was pleased with my game today,” he added.

“I knew it was going to be a battle with Cox and Nile Ranger up there. I enjoy those sort of games. We’ve just got to keep on going. We’ve got a lot of lads in the changing room who have got promotion before and know what it takes. We’ve got to take each game as it comes and hopefully keep improving.”

The victory, a third straight home win which maintained the South Londoners’ 100 percent Valley record this campaign, came thanks to second-half goals from Josh Magennis and Ricky Holmes. Karl Robinson’s men sit second in the fledgling league table, but Pearce said that the players don’t worry too much about league standings this early into the season.

“Not really, only for the bonuses,” he joked when asked if the squad keep an eye on the table at this point in the campaign.

“It’s still very early days but it’s good to get the points on the board. We’ve just got to keep pushing.

“We’re delighted to get the three points. It wasn’t an easy game, they were a tough team to play against and they’ve got some real good individual players. We done a lot of homework on them and they proved to be a tough team but luckily enough we got the three points.

“We said at half time that it wasn’t good enough in the first half. We knew our level had to go up in the second half to get the win. Everyone stepped up and we got the two goals. They got one near the end but we managed to hang on to a massive three points.”

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Charlton Athletic defender Jason Pearce on defensive partnership with Patrick Bauer and...