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Pearce looks to capitalise on momentum in midweek QPR contest

Defender speaks ahead of Hoops meeting

9 April 2019

Alex Pearce says Saturday’s win over West Bromwich Albion has given a buzz to the Millwall squad, ahead of Wednesday’s second straight game at The Den – this time against Queens Park Rangers.

Pearce captained Neil Harris’ team in Saturday’s victory, keeping a clean sheet against the Sky Bet Championship’s second-highest goalscorers.

“We’re buzzing as a group,” the defender says.

“We’ve got a bit of momentum going into the game, the boys are high on confidence and hopefully we can just go into the game with the same attitude as we did last Saturday against West Brom.

“That was a great victory for us, and we’ll be looking to continue that.”

The 30-year-old explains that the levels of performance shown from the team have been raised in recent weeks, and that there will be no complacency surrounding QPR’s last few results.

“We’ve played really well in our last four or five games without getting all the points we possibly deserve. It was key on Saturday to have the same performance levels, because we knew if we did that then we’d start to have points coming our way.

“Wednesday will be another tough game for us – it’s a London derby – and hopefully we will make it a real hostile atmosphere for QPR coming to our place. We’ll be looking to take all three points for sure. It will be a tough game for us.

“The form they’re in doesn’t come into thinking for me – they have some very good players that we need to be wary of. We need to believe in what we do, and show that we can make it a tough game for anyone coming to The Den.”

With fixtures coming at a demanding rate between now and the end of the season on May 5th, Pearce says he has no worries regarding the squad’s stamina and fitness levels.

“We’re a fit bunch. The games are coming thick and fast, but we like to think that we can handle that.

“I think it’s good when you have the midweek games, because when the games keep coming then it is easier to have the opportunity to build momentum.

“You can get a real good groove going. That’s what we’ll be looking to do now with these midweek games coming up. From a physical point of view, I’m sure the squad will be fine.”

Pearce finally lauds his teammates and the staff at the club who have welcomed him since his arrival in January, working his way into Harris’ starting XI.

“It’s been great and I’ve loved my time here so far.

“Since the first day I walked in it’s been great and the lads have been brilliant, as have the management team.

“I can’t find a fault in it really. Lately to be given the armband is a bonus, but [captaining the side] is something I’ll gladly do, and I’ll always help out the boys where I can.”

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