JASON Pearce is adamant Wigan Athletic will ‘stand up and be counted’ in the Lions’ Den at Millwall.
The stakes couldn’t be higher heading into the game, with both sides knowing anything less than three points will all but condemn them to relegation to League One.
Everyone’s got to stand up and be counted on the night, stick together and help us out of the position we currently find ourselves inJason Pearce
It’s the toughest test imaginable for Latics at one of the most intimidating venues in British football. But Pearce says Latics will not only be up for the fight – they will thrive on the situation.
“It’s known as the Lions’ Den for good reason, but all the boys will be up for the challenge,” Pearce told the Evening Post.
“I for one can’t wait for the game, that’s what my game’s all about, trying to win the battle in the middle.
“Everyone’s got to stand up and be counted on the night, stick together and help us out of the position we currently find ourselves in.
“Every game will be a fight now – and that’s the way it should be.
“You have to win the battle before you earn the right to play your pretty football.”
It’s Wigan’s second trip to the capital in the space of four days, after the Gary Caldwell era started with an encouraging 2-2 draw at Fulham.
“It’s a massive game for us, on the back of a good performance at Fulham,” recognised Pearce.
“The lads enjoyed being given the freedom to go out and pass the ball around, from the back as well as up front. We know Millwall’s a tough place to go, but we’ll go into it with confidence.
“We know how big game the game is for both sides, and we’ll make sure we’re right.”
“It is must-win – pretty much every game is a must-win for us from now on.
“If we are to have any chance of avoiding the drop we’ve got to start winning games.
“It doesn’t matter how we get the three points as long as we get them.”