Miserly Grimsby Town pleasing Shaun Pearson
SHAUN Pearson is targeting Grimsby Town's fourth clean sheet in five games when they travel to Barrow tonight.
The 23-year-old has played a starring role at the heart of the Mariners' back line so far this season, guiding them to shut-outs against Nuneaton Town, Wrexham and in Saturday's victory at Hereford United.
Tonight, they will look to make it four against a Barrow side that have only troubled the scoresheet in three of their six games this season.
Pearson is keen to concentrate on keeping another unblemished score-sheet, but he feels Town must continue to strike the right balance between defence and attack when they take on the Bluebirds.
Speaking ahead of the long trip North West, Pearson said: "Obviously if we can keep clean sheets, we're always going to have a chance.
"This season, we want to keep a lot more than we did last time round and I think we've started well with that.
"People will say that if you're concentrating on keeping clean sheets then you can take too much away from your attacking threat.
"But if we can get the right balance, there's no reason why we can't keep getting the right results like we did against Hereford on Saturday.
"That's what we'll be looking to do tonight.
"Barrow will be another tough game but I think we can go there with a lot of confidence.
"We've produced some good away performances now and got three positive results from those games.
"If we stick to what we've been doing, there's no reason why we can't do that again tonight."
Pearson says he is satisfied with the start he has made to the season after admitting he began the last campaign in stuttering fashion.
He has forged a formidable partnership with loan man Nathan Pond, inset, at centre-half and was pleased to see the Fleetwood player extend his stay in Cleethorpes until next year.
"Personally, I'm pleased with the way I've started this season" he said.
"I've said it before that I wasn't happy with the way the season started for me last time.
"I started to find my feet towards the end of the season and it was probably a bad time for the season to end for me in that respect as I was finding my best form.
"Thankfully, I've managed to go away in the summer, have a break and I've come back stronger and fitter than I was last year and that's paying dividends.
"I feel like I'm going from strength to strength and hopefully that can continue.
"We've been solid at the back and that's because we've got six or seven good players there.
"If you look at the full-back areas we've got Aswad (Thomas), Sam (Hatton) and Woody (Bradley Wood) and then we've got four very competitive centre-halves in Fordy (Simon Ford), Pondy (Nathan Pond) and Dusty (Ian Miller) and that's great for me.
"Away from the pitch, and in training, those times that maybe people don't see, they're always giving me advice and help, which really goes a long way."
He added: "It's been superb playing with Nathan at the back.
"He's experienced and he's an athlete and playing alongside him has definitely helped me.
"Dusty and Fordy are very good players in their own right and whoever plays in there, I'd back to do well.
"I'm glad Pondy's staying longer because it's clear that things are going right for us at the moment."
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