Pearson happy to take advantage of Foxes midfielder's 'on the button' set-pieces

Matty Pearson celebrates his goal with midfielders Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Jordan ClarkMatty Pearson celebrates his goal with midfielders Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Jordan Clark
Matty Pearson celebrates his goal with midfielders Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Jordan Clark
Centre half notches a second goal of the season on Tuesday night

Hatters centre half Matty Pearson was grateful to be the recipient of another excellent set-piece from Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall during his side’s 3-1 win over Championship leaders Norwich City on Wednesday night.

With Town having just been pegged back by the Canaries at Kenilworth Road, Jordan Clark won a free kick on the right hand side that was delivered on to Pearson’s head by Luton’s increasingly impressive on-loan Leicester City midfielder.

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The centre half did the rest, thumping his header beyond Michael McGovern to make it 2-1, for a second goal in successive home games, after previously having gone over a year without scoring.

Pearson said: “Kiernan puts it on the button, his delivery is fantastic and that’s exactly what I need.

“Bezza’s (Luke Berry) been doing it for Collo (James Collins) against Rotherham, but when it’s on the button, we’ve got a chance and thankfully I got across my man and put it in.

“I think they come all at once, I usually don’t score for a while and next minute you get a couple of goals, but I don't get too carried away, I keep focused.”

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Boss Nathan Jones was quick to hail Town’s delivery, as they have now scored seven of their last eight goals from set-pieces, including penalties.

He said: “Kiernan’s put it on the money pretty much all night and he’s been wonderful.

“It was a good goal, I’m delighted for Matty, he would have been very disappointed after the weekend (4-0 defeat at Cardiff), but he just reacts that way.”

Pearson had plenty of work to do at the other end on the night, with City constantly probing the Town back-line, but he did it excellently, the Canaries’ unable to create a host of clear-cut opportunities.

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The 27-year-old continued: “As a team back to front we contained them and especially as they’re top of the league, it was a really strong performance.

“To score three goals and win, it’s a great boost and what we needed after the weekend.

“A 3-1 win, against top of the league, ex-Premier League, I think it just shows how far we’ve come.

“We’ve got depth and quality everywhere, so I don’t see why we shouldn’t be beating them.

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“Our midfielders, front men, wide men, worked their socks off, with the amount of running they did.

“It’s hard work against a top, top team like them, they keep the ball, they move it and it’s always tough being in centre midfield.

"Thankfully I’m a centre back so I don’t have to run around as much.”

Pearson was back in the heart of Town’s back-line following another foray at right back in Wales on the weekend, a position he has occupied at times in recent weeks.

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The former Accrington and Barnsley player isn't bothered what role boss Nathan Jones asks him to do, as long as he is in the side, adding: “Wherever you tell me to play, I don’t mind where I play as long as I’m helping the team.

“Right back, it’s not like I’ve never played there before, before I was at Luton, I played there plenty of times.

"So it’s just one of those things where we're short of bodies and whatever selection the manager picks, I’m happy to play there.”

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