BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Millwall boss Neil Harris has explained his thinking behind giving the captain’s armband to Alex Pearce for tonight’s 2-0 win at Birmingham City.
The experienced centre-back, on loan from Derby County, was once again preferred in central defence ahead of Shaun Hutchinson.
Asked if it was an easy decision to make changes – with four switches from the weekend’s 2-1 reverse at Bolton – Harris said: “It’s never an easy decision to leave people out and put people in.
“Pearcey offers great leadership and great qualities as a man.
“Pearcey has been patient. He has played in a couple of games and we’ve had a couple of clean sheets. He was one of our better performers at the weekend.
“Once I wasn’t going to play Willo [Shaun Williams] three games in a week and I wasn’t starting Stevie [Morison], Pearcey is a natural leader in the heart of our defence alongside two young players in Jake [Cooper] and Mahlon [Romeo].
“He was a good one to handle the pressure of being captain and even thrive off it – and he did.”