Millwall’s Murray Wallace says he is ‘feeling fresh’ ahead of tonight’s Carabao Cup First Round tie against Gillingham at The Den, and has highlighted the positive effect a Cup run can have on the dressing room.
The defender could be in line to make his first competitive start for The Lions tonight and is confident the team can take the positives from our last two league outings into the clash against the Kent side.
“I’m feeling fresh,” Wallace states.
“I think the lads who played at the weekend might be feeling a bit tired, but now we’re coming in and recovering for the game. [The mood] is quite positive around the squad.
“With the way we played against Middlesbrough, we came off the pitch and it felt like a defeat. We played well and were the better team for 85 minutes.
“Then we went away to Blackburn and got our first clean sheet, it’s not easy going away anywhere in this league so we’ll take it as undefeated.”
The 25-year-old says it is important to gather momentum in Cup competitions, claiming it adds to the confidence around the dressing room and amongst the supporters.
“You can get a real buzz around the place if you get a good cup run,” Wallace says.
“You’d like to think that if you can get confidence from the Cup, then League form can also pick up. It would be really nice if we could get a good run.”
The Scotsman arrived as the club’s first summer recruit back in June, having been an established mainstay in Scunthorpe United’s defence. Wallace played a record 7,560 successive minutes between 2016 and 2017 – a feat that will undoubtedly help the squad during the busy season schedule.
“It’s our first Saturday-Tuesday [week of games] so we might expect some tired legs, but it’s what we have to expect throughout the season, and it will be a good test for us.
“It’s been great here so far, I’m thankful that we got [the transfer] all done early in the summer so it has given me the chance to have a full pre-season, getting to know everyone and our style.
“Whilst I’m disappointed not to have played as much as I’d have liked so far, it’s a real strong squad and I need to work to get in. We have a great management team – they’re very open and honest, they know exactly what they want from you and that’s what they ask.”