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Jason Pearce described as 'terrific' after first start since leaving Leeds for Wigan

Wigan boss Malky Mackay has praised the impact of new signing Jason Pearce after his winning goal in the 1-0 win at Reading.

Wigan Athletic finally earned their first win in almost two months on Tuesday night, securing an impressive 1-0 victory away at Reading.

The Latics still lie in 23rd place in the Championship table, but are now just six points off safety as we enter the final months of the season.

The winning goal came from defender Jason Pearce, with the centre back turning the ball home from close range after a first half goalmouth scramble.

Pearce, 27, was making his debut for Wigan after his move from Leeds United in the January transfer window, and it really couldn't have gone much better for him, with a goal and a clean sheet to his name.

Following a dream night for the former Portsmouth defender, his manager Malky Mackay told the Wigan official website that he felt Pearce and his centre back partner Harry Maguire were outstanding.

"I thought Harry and Jason were terrific; they both looked like proper defenders and we really wanted to make sure that they attacked everything and they did that," he said. "The longer they play together the better it will be but I’ve got two young players that both want to play and desperately do well."

"Jason has been desperate to get involved over the last four weeks. I’m delighted Jason has started in the fashion he has because he’s a natural leader, a real tough performer and he’s been terrific," added Mackay.

Pearce joined Wigan on what the club described as 'a long term deal' and, after a superb debut, they will be hoping that the former Leeds star can contribute heavily in the club's fight against relegation - including when the Latics host Leeds in March.

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