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Lions must surpass standards, says Pearce

The skipper speaks...

21 August 2020

Alex Pearce has claimed that Millwall "upheld" their standards all season in 2019/20 - but that they now must "take them further" in the new campaign.

The 31-year-old club captain made 31 appearances last season in a side which finished eighth in the Sky Bet Championship, narrowly missing out on the Play-Offs, defying expectations in the process.

Speaking to on the club's pre-season training camp in Edinburgh, Scotland, the centre-back commented on the positive vibe in the group and the intergration of Troy Parrott.

"We've had a good few days up here," he said. "We've trained every day and we also had a game of cricket [on Thursday] to have a bit of fun.

"It's not what it normally would be with regards to the atmosphere in the hotel and around the place given the current situation for obvious reasons, but we've made the best of it. We've taken the time to get to know one another, especially Troy, and a couple of new members of staff.

"The group is a lively bunch. Everyone makes everyone feel welcome and there's no animosity towards any new signings. Hopefully it's a good environment for new people to come into and flourish."

Pearce is one part of a defensive trio - alongside Shaun Hutchinson and Jake Cooper - who have made The Lions a hard-to-beat outfit at the back, in turn allowing the likes of Jed Wallace and Matt Smith to win matches, and the skipper wants to see even more determination to succeed in 2020/21.

"We like to think that we finished strongly last year. We just missed out on the Play-Offs, but if you look back at it as a whole, then it was a very positive year for this group of players that we have. We set certain standards in the dressing room, and I think we upheld them all year. We were a credit, and we must build on that and continue it this year, setting those same standards, matching them and taking them further."

You can view a full interview with Alex Pearce on iFollow.

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