Pearce says clean sheets are breeding confidence at Reading
22:30 GMT, 30 December 2012
Reading defender Alex Pearce believes that clean sheets are helping to grow confidence at the club.
The Royals kept back-to-back clean sheets in their previous two matches picking up a point against Swansea on Boxing Day and three against West Ham on Saturday.
It halted a run of seven defeats in a row, has stopped them slipping nine points from safety and lifted them off the foot of the table.
Optimistic mood: Reading's Alex Pearce (centre) says back-to-back clean sheets over the festive period have helped build confidence in the camp
Pearce claims keeping out the league Champions Manchester City for 92 minutes – before Gareth Barry's controversial winner that looked like a foul on Nicky Shorey – helped Reading turn a corner defensively.
The 24-year-old said: 'I certainly think so. We were very good against Man City defensively, very good against Swansea defensively and very good against West Ham defensively and we had that little bit more going forward.
'But we had to get it right at the back first, build from the back and we are doing that and now we are grinding out the wins.'
Decisive strike: Pavel Pogrebnyak scored the winning goal after five minutes to sink West Ham
He added: 'Players and staff want to keep clean sheets and we are happy with the last three games we played. We deserved a clean sheet at Man City, we then got two clean sheets and we are building on that.
'We got a win and we are building on that. We fully believe we can get out of this, everyone has written us off, everyone is saying we are down but inside that dressing room we have a firm belief we will do it.'