Alex Pearce has given his preview of Millwall’s crucial trip to Huddersfield Town this Saturday, as The Lions search for a maiden away win in the Sky Bet Championship this season.
Winless Huddersfield – recently appointing the Cowley brothers in charge – look to move off the foot of the table at the John Smith’s Stadium this weekend, with Pearce stating it is important to take the game to the West Yorkshire side.
“Every game is a big game, but none more so than this weekend,” the captain declared to millwallfc.co.uk.
“We’re certainly looking to bounce back after defeats in our last two games, and we want to go to Huddersfield in positive spirits, taking the game to them. We’ll look to be on the front foot and to get back to basics really, in terms of showing what we’re about. If we can do that, we can certainly be a match for anyone in this League and I think we will be for Huddersfield on Saturday.
“Every game we’ve played bar Fulham has been tightly contested this season. We’ve always been in games, competitive, and some we have come out on the right side of with some on the wrong side. It’s about fine-tuning those finer details like we did at the start of the season, as we were defending really well as a team. Not that we’ve gone too far away from that in recent weeks, but we just need to get back to that doggedness.”
Pearce explains there has been an element of poor fortune contributing to The Lions’ frustrating recent results, which have seen Neil Harris’ men slide to 16th from a top-half position earlier this month. The defender also analyses our last outing – a 2-1 home defeat to high-flying QPR.
“There have been games that we’ve been unlucky in – I think back to the Blackburn game. The first goal was one worthy of winning any game from 25 yards by a central defender – that doesn’t happen too often. The QPR game we were well in and Bart didn’t really have too much to save – fair play to Nahki Wells for instinctively taking his chances – but the general feeling from myself and the boys during it was that we would go on to win. Unfortunately for us it didn’t pan out that way.
“If we stay positive, we can definitely turn things back in our favour quickly. It’s about shifting that momentum our way again, and we’re certainly not far away from that. We need to stay positive, because I’m sure we’re going to be competitive in this League.
“We have tried to be more flexible. I think the manager was right to do what he did shape-wise last weekend, as most of the ability of QPR comes from their attacking players. Us changing to their formation was something I don’t think they anticipated from us, and we can continue to keep that tactical flexibility when needed.”
The skipper finally stresses the importance of belief more than usual ahead of our final League fixture of September, which begins a string of three huge games in seven days.
“I’d say we’ve had a good week’s training. It’s been a positive week despite the last couple of results – we can’t be coming in feeling down or negative about it,” Pearce says.
“It’s times like now when it’s even more important to keep believing in what we’re doing, believing in the manager and our style of play, because that’s how we’re going to move forward as a unit. We need to be together more than ever.”