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Tunnicliffe: "It was probably the best of my career"

Goalscoring hero talks bicycle-kicks, back-to-back wins and Ipswich trip

30 December 2018

Ryan Tunnicliffe has described his spectacular winner against Nottingham Forest at The Den on Saturday as the "best of his career", and has expressed his delight to claim six points out of six since Christmas.

The midfielder marked his 26th birthday this weekend with the bicycle-kick effort, which went on to win the game for Neil Harris' Millwall side in the ninth minute against Forest.

Tunnicliffe is now hoping the victory can be a catalyst to develop a positive run of form in the Sky Bet Championship.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game, but it's back-to-back wins now which hopefully kicks us on over the Christmas period," the goalscorer says.

"It was a hard battle. Every game in this League's hard, whether you're home or away, whether the team's at the bottom or the top. We know that going into games.

"We gave everything, defended like men and came away with the three points."

The winning goal was Tunnicliffe's second of the season after registering at Sheffield Wednesday back in August, and he claims the win made the strike all the more special.

"No, I've not really [practiced them]! But it's certainly good when they come off, and it's probably the best goal of my career. And I'm especially happy with the win."

The Lions have now beaten the likes of Aston Villa, Forest and Derby County at The Den this campaign, and the midfield man explains that Harris' men are very tricky customers on home turf for opponents.

"I think even when we're not playing so well, teams will come here, some won't fancy the job and they know it'll be tough no matter where we are in the League.

"We proved that not only last year, but also by beating some big sides this season. Any team know it's tough facing us when the energy's there and the boys are on it."

Tunnicliffe has highlighted that form over Christmas is key, and is now looking ahead to picking up the team's first away victory of the season at Ipswich Town on New Year's Day.

"I think this is the most important time to be picking up points. The games come thick and fast, and it can really fire you up the table.

"We need to focus on each game as it comes, starting with three points against Ipswich.

"It took us a while to secure that first away win last year, which everyone knows. As I've said before, we'll go to each ground confident of winning the game, which I hope can happen on New Year's Day."

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