'We're a tough nut to crack' – Millwall skipper calls for continued high standards

ALEX Pearce insisted Millwall wouldn't get "carried away" after their unbeaten start to the season.

The Lions drew 1-1 at West Brom on Saturday to make it four points from two games that they lost last season.

Over 1,500 Millwall fans saw Matt Smith score a late equaliser at The Hawthorns.

"They're the fans that have travelled all this way, they travel in great numbers," Pearce said. "They were fantastic, we could hear them all throughout the game, especially when we got the goal and the latter stages they were buoyant. We needed that in the last 10 minutes to help us see us out. It's a point gained.

"We've had a great start but we're not getting carried away, we know there's tough times to come, tough games to come. But we've got a squad that will be together and we'll get through the bad times and enjoy the good ones.

"It's a massive point, it's a good return for us, four points out of six in the first two games, we can be more than happy with that.

"The goal was poor to give away but the reaction was key.

"We knew before the game that they were going to have most of the ball but we know that we're a tough nut to crack. We defend well as a team and I thought we did that well [Saturday] to a man. The effort was outstanding.

"We need to be better on the ball and better on the counter-attack but the effort was there, so we're very pleased.

Alex Pearce celebrates with Millwall fans

"You have to be disciplined playing like we do. The gaffer made a few changes, packed the midfield a little bit more and made it more difficult to come through us. We knew they had key players in [Filip] Krovinovic and [Kenneth] Zohore so we tried to force it wide. That's what we did, and I thought we defended the middle of the park very well. We limited their chances on the whole, which was the idea.

"We've got to be that tight-knit group that's got high standards off the pitch and that translates onto the pitch. That starts at the training ground, in and around the dressing room, how we conduct ourselves. That carries us through into games and that's showing at the moment."

Lions boss Neil Harris made three changes to his side despite the previous weekend's 1-0 win over Preston.

Pearce added: "I think gone are the days of the old adage 'you can't change a winning team'. It's a squad game now, people come in, people come out no matter what the result is. Whatever the best team to be picked is for the next game, no matter what the previous result, has to be picked and that's what the manager has said this year.

"That's what he's done and I think it's the right thing to do."

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John Kelly