‘No individual is more important than the team.’

That’s the motto Lions captain Alex Pearce says Millwall must adhere to this season.

Evidence that it’s already being implemented into Neil Harris side was clear in their well-earned and hard-fought point they took from West Brom on Saturday.

Following their impressive season-opening win over Preston, Harris made three changes for his trip to The Hawthorns, backing up his promise he’ll pick the side most suited for the opponent and not simply picking a team based on their previous display.

Bartosz Bialkowski, Ryan Leonard and Tom Bradshaw were all drafted in for their first starts of the season, whilst despite impressing in the 1-0 win over Preston, Matt Smith and Aiden O’Brien were demoted to the bench.

“Gone are the days, the old saying of ‘you can’t change a winning team!” Pearce said in agreement with his manager.

“It’s a squad game, people come in and people come out, no matter the result.

“We move on to the next game, and whatever best team is to be picked for that game has to be picked.

“That’s what the manager said this year and that’s what he did, and I think it’s the right way to go.”

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The summer signing from Derby County has started the season where he finished last season’s successful six-month loan spell, as captain.

Leading the Lions to Championship safety last term, the 30-year-old Irish international outlined what he wants from his team mates in order to avoid the relegation battle they found themselves four months ago.

“We’ve got to be that squad that has high standards off the pitch and then transition it on to the pitch.

“It starts in training, in the dressing room, and that carries us through into games.

“I’ve loved the captaincy, it’s an honour and privilege, but I just want the team to do well, always.

“No individual is more important than the team, and that’s the motto we have to have as a group this year as a dressing room.

“If we have that, everyone pulling in the same direction, then we’ll be competitive.”

Millwall welcome league leaders Sheffield Wednesday to The Den on Saturday.