Krystian Bielik says he is most comfortable playing at centre back and spoken about is relationship in defence with Charlton captain Jason Pearce.

The Arsenal loanee, who was substituted just 45 minutes into a defeat away to Rochdale, returned to help keep a clean sheet in the Addicks’ 2-0 win over Doncaster Rovers.

He returned to the heart of Charlton’s defence after deputising in central midfield and, while he can operate in both roles, it’s at the back where Bielik believes he performs best.

Here’s what he said after the victory, and more.

Q: Do you feel more comfortable as a centre back or central midfielder?

A: “Yeah, I feel more comfortable as a centre back. Gaffer took me off last Saturday [against Rochdale] and he wasn't happy.

“I haven't spoken with him but I think he sees as well that I fit better as a centre back. I think I showed today that I can really help the team when I play as a centre back.

“I played a few games, at Southend and Fleetwood, as a central midfielder and it was fine but maybe I found it a bit more difficult against Rochdale.

“Sometimes you've just got a bad day and that's it. I feel I can play as a midfielder, I just think it wasn't my day. That's it.”

Q: What’s it like playing with Jason Pearce in defence?

A: “I feel very comfortable with him.

“We talk to each other all 90 minutes, maybe he talked a bit more than me, but it's really helpful and he's an experienced player with so many games.

“I've spoken with him a lot and he played, for example, with Leeds United. It's a massive club.

“He's got this quality and this experience and I think he's a great partner to play with, to have next to yourself.

“I think we understand each other very well, and it's the same with Anfernee [Dijksteel] on the right and Chris Solly who players on the left now, and with the midfielders.”

Q: What kind of advice have you had from the senior players, like Pearce and Darren Pratley?

A: “To be honest, I just feel like when those players who have had a great career in the past, they speak with a young boy, I feel they want to really help me.

“I really respect this because, at the moment, I'm at the beginning of my career. My dream is to play with the best. They [Pearce and Pratley] had a good career.

“I think that when the guy who has played so many games in first-team football, and then everyone respects him in the dressing room and outside on the pitch, and he wants to speak with you, a young boy feels like that guy believes in me and believes in my qualities.

“For the young boys, you're getting this confidence. You know the guy next to you trust you and I think, for me, it's very important.

“Not just them because the whole dressing room is very nice. The lads are lovely, to be honest, and I didn't expect that so I'm really happy.”