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Pearce previews Villa test

Defender wants to "upset the party" on Easter Monday...

21 April 2019

Alex Pearce has claimed that Millwall's underdog tag suits his side down to the ground - and wants to "upset the party" at Villa Park on Easter Monday.

The Lions head to Aston Villa with the hosts currently on a nine-game winning run and looking set for an appearance in this season's Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs - but with Millwall on a four-match unbeaten run of their own, Pearce, on loan at The Den from Derby County, had claimed that the visitors can head to the Midlands with a positive attitude.

The likes of Jack Grealish and John McGinn will test a Millwall defence that has conceded just two goals in four games, but Pearce told that The Lions will head into battle "earning the right" to play from the first whistle.

"Villa are a very good side," he said. "On any given day, they can beat anyone. But we can as well. We can give any team in this League a good game.

"Friday [against Brentford] was a tricky one, but Monday is a completely different task. They're obviously favourites, we're underdogs, but we'll go there and be hard to beat, like we are at the moment. We're not conceding many goals and we've got to go there with an attitude of wanting to upset the party.

"We've got to earn the right to play from the first minute, and hopefully that'll take us into the game."

Despite gaining just one point from nine on the road in fixtures against the division's top three sides, The Lions more than matched all of Norwich City, Sheffield United and Leeds United - and Pearce believes Millwall can use those performances and the subsequent frustration of the home crowd to their advantage with just four matches remaining in the season.

"I think it suits us as a club, as a team that we can go to big places and perform as the underdog. The higher up the table teams are, the more difficult they can find it against us and the way we play. We make it difficult for them and teams can get frustrated, especially at their own ground where their fans can get frustrated. Hopefully that can happen again on Monday.

"We've got four games left - there's a lot of points to play for and a long way to go. We've just got to take care of the next game. If we take care of our own performance and take each game at a time, I'm sure the end goal will be staying up."

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