West Ham looked as though they were going to push for a European place at one stage in the campaign but slipped off the pace and have been in terrible form over the second half of the season.
Pearce sees the decline as a result of the injuries, which have affected the team with the frustration partly due to the high standards that the Hammers had created for themselves.
“I think injuries played a part in that to be honest as well as over expectation based on how well they played over the first part of the season – The teams above them in the league, the majority of them are teams you’d expect to be above them,” he said.
If Sam Allardyce keeps his job as manager then one of the first things he’ll need to do over the summer is look at ways he can improve his squad options.
If he can bring in the right fresh faces, which improves the depth of the West Ham squad then it reduces the chance of inconsistency when the team picks up injury problems.
It’s also important that he reviews his training methods and looks at whether the medical department is doing everything they can to not only help injured players recover, but ensuring that they don’t get injured in the first place.
He then needs the leaders throughout the side to step up because they are the ones who can prevent defensive capitulations and poor performances out on the field and drive that collective will for the results to improve.