Dream start for Greg Pearson at Crewe Alexandra

Greg Pearson
Pearson's goal at Oxford was his first in the Football League since April

Greg Pearson said he has enjoyed "a dream start" to his loan spell at Crewe after .

Pearson met his new team-mates for the first time hours before kick-off after being picked up at a service station on the way to the Kassam Stadium.

And the 26-year-old, , scored the only goal after coming on as a substitute.

"I've only just joined but the lads have been fantastic with me and it's a dream start," he told BBC Radio Stoke.

Pearson was sidelined by a toe injury earlier in the season and struggled to get back into the first team at Burton, because of the form of strikers Billy Kee, Calvin Zola and Justin Richards.

A six-week loan spell at Aldershot came to an end with Pearson having started only one game and making five substitute appearances.

But he is hopeful that his month on loan at Crewe will help him rediscover his form and match fitness.

"I've been out for a while at the start of the season," said the former West Ham trainee. "I need to get playing games and get to that level of fitness.

"I've scored goals throughout my career so I'm not worried about that. I'm more worried about getting as fit as I can and playing to the best of my ability.

"If I do that, I think I'll get a few goals here and there."

Crewe manager Steve Davis was pleased to see Pearson make an instant impact at the club just hours after his arrival.

Davis said: "He's not played a lot of football and he's come here to hopefully play some football.

"He looks like he needs games because he wasn't as sharp as our players were.

"But in fairness to him, he's got right in there, in the six yard box where it matters and where it counts.

"I'm delighted for him and I'm looking forward to working with him over the next month."