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Pearce describes December as “huge month” ahead of Bristol City visit

Captain rallies the troops ahead of two important away trips

10 December 2019

Alex Pearce has called each upcoming Sky Bet Championship match as “the biggest game”, ahead of Millwall’s trip to Bristol City on Tuesday night.

The Lions captain returns to his old stomping ground of Ashton Gate for the midweek contest with Lee Johnson’s in-form Robins, and exclaims we have “great foundations” as a squad moving forward this season.

“December is a huge month – every game is the biggest game as it comes along,” the skipper says.

“We’re desperate to get points on the board as a football club, and we showed on Friday how much we want it and what a group we are, coming back late on to take the point.

“We have great foundations as a squad – a small, tight-knit squad where everyone will be needed – and players who aren’t in the team at the moment could suddenly be pivotal in affecting our season. We all have to be ready at all times. Aiden is certainly one who proved that in our last game, and he deserves it for the way he has trained recently.”

Pearce explains what he believes Gary Rowett’s side need to keep pushing forward, on the basis of recent closely-fought matches.

“We’re a hard team to beat, and I think end product is the one thing we need to just get right to take us to that next level.

“We want to add that little bit of extra quality when we come forward in the final third. The boys will admit that, certainly after Friday’s game against Forest.

“That first part is definitely there – we’re solid, we’re hard to beat, and now the next stage of our development is to play to our strengths in attack. We have some great players, and we want to look to affect and hurt teams. We’ve shown we can build up play well – we have that quality, and now it’s about showing that more often.”

The captain returns to the first of two of his previous clubs this week, but says old reunions take a back seat with plenty of points at stake during the winter months.

“Bristol City and Derby of course mean I’m going back to see a few familiar faces, but they’re just two more games. Every game is massive for us as I’ve said, and we’ll be looking to go and get positive results, nothing else.

“We’re switched on, we’re focused on our development and we’ve shown we have that character – that never-say-die attitude.

“There are a lot of opportunities to pick up points over this Christmas period, and we have to be sharp, focused and making the most of these chances.”

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